Manchester United are set to battle Real Madrid for the signature of AC Milan prodigy Hachim Mastour, reports The Express.
The Red Devils are still coming to terms with the fact that Norwegian wonderkid Martin Odegaard opted for the Bernabeu over Old Trafford but are already gearing up for another battle with Los Blancos.
Odegaard was taken on a tour of the training grounds of some of Europe's biggest clubs and offered the chance to sign for each and every one of them. However, the history and dominance of Real Madrid proved far too tempting.
The ultimate plan
It is all part of Florentino Perez's plan to snatch some of the brightest young footballers in the world. That will give Real Madrid a youth system to rival Barcelona's La Masia, but Manchester United are hoping to throw a spanner in the works with their latest target.
Both clubs are chasing Mastour, who has already broken into the first team at the San Siro, appearing on the bench in several Serie A games this season. He also played a prominent role in pre-season friendlies.
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He was signed from Reggiana in 2012 as a 14-year-old. AC Milan paid an incredible £400,000, according to the same report, and Mastour is developing as well as could have been hoped.
So much so that the money men of European football are ready to scrap it out to land the Moroccan youngster. The public's interest in the story has been intensified by Mastour being dubbed both the 'Moroccan Messi' and the 'New Ronaldo'.
Manchester United could be hopeful
Manchester United can be hopeful of signing the youngster as Louis van Gaal has already set the benchmark by gifting first team opportunities to Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair this season. However, Adnan Januzaj has seen his place in the side vanish thanks to a change in formation.
Mastour hit global headlines in social media sections after taking on a freestyle football challenge with Barcelona superstar Neymar. The video, which is embedded below, can be viewed just below.
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