Manchester United's search for reinforcements continues and despite rejections across the continent there are still star players desperate to earn a lucrative switch to Old Trafford, one of which is Schalke defender Sead Kolasinac.
The Bosnian international has been on United's radar for the last 12 months and he has today revealed that Red Devils scouts took another look when Schalke faced Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane last month, boosting his chances of making a dream move to the Premier League.
Quotes from the Schalke starlet
Kolasinac told Bosnian daily newspaper Dnevni Avaz: "More than two months ago Schalke received an an official offer from very successful English club Manchester United for me. This option is still open.
"United scouts were at a recent match between Tottenham and Schalke in London. Believe me, I only heard about it after the completion of a match.
"They are one of the world's top clubs, of course it would be great to play at Old Trafford. In football you never know nothing. Anything is possible.
"There's still time until the end of the transfer period and we'll see. I'm not here to play for a lifetime."
What could Kolasinac offer Man United?
The 21-year-old Bundesliga starlet would certainly add steel and a much-needed versatile option if United were to make their long-term interest concrete with a formal offer before the transfer window slams shut.
Primarily a left-back but also capable of playing in central defence or in a holding midfield role, Kolasniac represented Germany at every youth level before pledging his international future to Bosnia last year.
Kolasinac featured against Argentina and Iran in the World Cup and clearly Man United scouts were interested observers, with the starlet also breaking into Schalke's starting XI at left-back and keeping his place for the vast majority of last season.
Schalke are an established Champions League side and can offer Kolasnic fairly consistent first-team football again this term, but it looks like the youngster views the Bundesliga as a stepping stone and would jump at the chance to make a lucrative Premier League switch.
Time is running out
Man United have finally moved to bolster their defensive options in the last 24 hours with an accepted offer for Argentine defender Marcos Rojo, but Red Devils fans are perfectly within their rights to expect further additions before the transfer window slams shut.
Rojo is fairly similar to Kolasinac purely in terms of preferred position, which with £27m already invested in Luke Shaw makes a move for Schalke's rising star look fairly unlikely at this stage.
United scouts have clearly been tasked with monitoring his progress though, which means it's well worth Red Devils keeping a close eye on Schalke this season as they continue to crave a complete overhaul of their under-performing squad in the long-term.