Sporting Lisbon have moved to ward off interest from Manchester United in William Carvalho by offering to triple his wages if he signs a new deal.
The Portuguese youngster has enjoyed a fine season in Portugal, scoring four times for his side in 29 games and earning a call up to his country's World Cup squad.
Manchester United have been heavily linked with the 22-year-old in recent months - although where that interest stands now is unclear following the departure of David Moyes.
The former Manchester United manager had Carvalho, who has a £37 million release clause in his contract, scouted on numerous occasions, and was said to be gearing up to make a bid.
According to Portuguese newspaper O Jogo, Sporting are trying to use the lull in Manchester United's interest to convince their star man to pledge his allegiance to them.
They report that Sporting will offer to triple his wages to €30,000-per-week if he puts pen to paper on a new contract.
That isn't the only potential obstacle standing in the way of Manchester United either - O Jogo add that Monaco are considering a bid for the midfielder with Sporting coach Leonardo Jardim poised to sign a two year deal to take over at the club.
The Red Devils are expected to be busy in the transfer market this summer after the worst Premier League season in their history. A bid has already been lodged for Southampton's Luke Shaw, while Bacary Sagna could also be on his way to Old Trafford.
Manchester United are expected to confirm Louis van Gaal as their new manager next week.