Manchester United open talks to sign Layvin Kurzawa

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Manchester United have already opened talks to make their first signing of the January transfer window, tabling a €15 million offer for Monaco defender Layvin Kurzawa.

The Red Devils have tracked the attacking full-back for some time and have been hugely impressed with his performances so far this season, with glowing scout reports finally persuading Louis van Gaal to sanction a bid earlier this week.

Kurzawa would provide instant competition for Luke Shaw's starting spot at left-back should he arrive at Old Trafford in 2015, with Champions League experience to boot.

Can Monaco be persuaded to sell?

French publication Le10 Sport have today reported that United and Monaco have held early negotiations over a January deal, but it remains to be seen if the Ligue 1 giants are prepared to lose one of their most exciting talents in the middle of the season.

Kurzawa has also been tracked by Bayern Munich in the past, but it now looks like United are in pole position to keep on spending in search of success under Van Gaal.

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Falcao could potentially help close this deal

If Kurzawa is in any doubt over making a blockbuster move to Old Trafford he could always pick up the phone and speak to former Monaco team-mate Radamel Falcao, a player he linked up with consistently last season.

The French under-21 international is under contract in the principality until 2018, which means he won't come cheap and it may take some hard negotiating for Red Devils chiefs to push this deal over the line.

Those talks are well underway though and show Van Gaal's been far from impressed by Shaw's start to life at the Theatre of Dreams, with the £120,000-a-week star plagued by injury problems and now under huge pressure to find form and justify a whopping £27m price tag over the next two months.

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