Manchester United have made contact with Serie A star Juan Manuel Iturbe's agent in the last 24 hours in a bid to determine whether they have a chance of beating Real Madrid to a €15m summer signing, according to Sky Sport Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.
Iturbe has spent the season on loan from his parent club Porto at Hellas Verona and excelled in Serie A, alerting a string of top clubs across the continent to his talent with a string of fine performances.
The 20-year-old can play in a variety of advanced attacking positions and has developed in Verona to the extent that United, Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are hoping to persuade Porto the time is right to cash in this summer.
Porto have reportedly put a €15m valuation on the Argentine youngster, although with his contract in Portugal expiring in 2016 they are running out time to secure the highest possible transfer fee.
Di Marzio believes that Madrid are confident of securing a deal one of European football's most exciting young forwards, but United are currently considering a whole host of potential summer deals and spoke to Iturbe's representative Gustavo Mascardi in a bid to steal a match on the La Liga giants.
Mascardi is likely to be a busy man between now and the end of the season, as Iturbe decides where his long-term future lies and Porto wait to see if any continental superpowers and ready to match their interest to a concrete offer.