Manchester United are considering a surprise move for Leicester City starlet Hamza Choudhury, who is also being watched by Premier League rivals Chelsea and Barcelona.
The Daily Express reports that the 16-year-old midfielder is attracting admiring glances from a host of top European clubs, following a series of impressive performances in the Foxes youth team.
The England youth international has been tipped for a very bright future, and was recently named on the standby list for the Three Lions' U18s team.
It's at the same level that Choudhury is currently excelling in Leicester's development squad, and despite his tender years is not a million miles away from a call-up to Nigel Pearson's senior side.
The newly-promoted outfit will be determined to keep hold of the teenager, but know that their status in England's top-flight could be crucial in getting the player to commit his future.
Choudhury is yet to pen professional terms with the East Midlands club, which means he could leave the King Power Stadium for a nominal fee, if he decides he will be better served at Manchester United or Chelsea where it will obviously be more difficult to break into the first-team.
Level playing field
Anyway, Leicester showed that they are a match for Manchester United after securing an emphatic 5-3 victory over Louis van Gaal's side last Sunday, lifting Pearson's men up to seventh in the Premier League table with eight points from their opening five games.
The Red Devils, meanwhile, have won only once and currently lie in a lowly 12th place, having struggled to maintain their high level of performance in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era at Old Trafford.
Chelsea are not currently experiencing such problems with Jose Mourinho's side flying high at the top of the table, but that doesn't mean that a transfer to Stamford Bridge is necessarily a good idea for Choudhury either.
The Blues are renowned for recruiting a wide range of exciting, up-and-coming talent, choosing to farm out a high number of young players on loan because of the difficulty keeping everyone happy due to a lack of regular action.
In west London the pathway through to the first-team is arguably the hardest to navigate, so Choudhury would probably benefit from signing terms with Leicester City and continuing his development with them. Unless, of course, he fancied a challenge abroad, with Barcelona's famed La Masia academy renowned for nurturing young players and developing them into stars of the future.