Louis van Gaal has asked the Manchester United board to sanction a move to sign Galatasaray midfielder Wesley Sneijder.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Van Gaal has asked the club's officials for permission to open talks with the Turkish club. The Manchester United manager reportedly thinks Sneijder can be signed for a bargain, with Galatasaray keen to offload his expensive wages.
Van Gaal wants to sign Sneijder in January, as the United boss looks to bolster his side's push for Champions League qualification place.
The Italian newspaper reports the Manchester United angle on the transfer story as bad news for Juventus, who also hope to sign the Dutch international.
Van Gaal will hope that his connection with Sneijder, he managed him for the Netherlands national team at the World Cup, will help the Premier League side beat their Serie A opponents to his signature.
Juventus are reportedly 'still well in the lead' to sign Sneijder, but the interest from United could throw a spanner in the works and delay any potential deal. Galatasaray could even play off the two clubs against each other, turning what could be a potential bargain into a pricey gamble.
Van Gaal is expected to be active in the January window, as the club has plenty of money to spend and are well placed in the league after a rocky start to the Dutchman's tenure.
Talk of a title challenge this season may be premature as United still have holes in their midfield and defence, and if Sneijder can be snapped up for a cut-price deal then it may be worth a gamble as a short-term fix.