Manchester United's hopes of signing William Carvalho may hinge on Real Madrid securing the services of Paul Pogba from Juventus this summer.
According to the London Evening Standard, United are currently second behind Real Madrid in the race to sign Portugal international Carvalho, despite reports in March claiming a £37m deal to take the 22-year-old to Old Trafford had already been finalised.
Carvalho's agent, Jorge Mendes, is under pressure from Real Madrid to take his in-demand client to the Bernabeu. However, it's believed that Los Blancos boss Carlo Ancelotti would prefer Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba over the Sporting Lisbon ace.
Pogba, 21, has been linked with most of Europe's top clubs over the past 12 months after cementing his status as one of the world's best young midfielders. The 2013 Golden Boy award winner spent three years at Manchester United as a youngster, before refusing to sign a new deal and joining Juventus on a free transfer after failing to cement a first-team place at Old Trafford.
In March it was reported that Pogba had rejected the chance to re-join the Red Devils - because he has his heart set on a move to Real Madrid.
Ancelotti will have been made aware of the player's desire to sign for the nine-time European champions - and, because he rates the France international as a better option than Carvalho, is reluctant to agree a deal for the Portuguese.
But Manchester United scouts have watched Carvalho on a regular basis this season - and appear convinced that he is the man to bolster the club's fragile midfield.