Manchester United's hopes of completing the summer signing of Yacine Brahimi are hanging in the balance after AC Milan made the FC Porto attacker their number one transfer priority in the next window.
TalkSPORT reports how the highly-rated Algeria international rose to prominence following his impressive performances at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, earning a £4.7 million move to the Portuguese giants from Granada last summer.
Brahimi has continued to excel in the Primeira Liga under the guidance of Julen Lopetegui this season, and is now being linked with a swift departure from Estadio do Dragao after attracting admiring glances from a number of top European clubs.
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Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal is not the only Premier League suitor, with local rivals Manchester City also believed to be keeping tabs on the 25-year-old's development.
Manuel Pellegrini is already blessed with an array of attacking options at the Etihad Stadium, but is ready to rival Manchester United if they step up their pursuit of the player at the end of the season.
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Reigning Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain are monitoring Brahimi's situation carefully too, and could hold an advantage in their alleged plans to lure the Porto ace to Parc des Princes because the French capital happens to be the place of the in-demand star's birth.
However, it's Italian outfit AC Milan that remain the frontrunners to secure Brahimi's services in what could turn out to be a four-way race for his signature.
Pippo Inzaghi's side have endured a disastrous campaign and are currently languishing way down in tenth place in the Serie'A' table, but despite their recent struggles the club still holds a great amount of prestige right across the continent, and that's why Brahimi will more than likely still consider a switch to the San Siro.
The Rossoneri won't be able to offer European football next term - unlike some of the other suitors - but the fact they are ready to make an offer and get the deal tied up by the time the transfer window opens proves they're serious about taking him to Milan.
Manchester United fans: Should Louis van Gaal go head-to-head with AC Milan for Yacine Brahimi's signature? Or is he not the calibre of player you want at Old Trafford next season? Have your say below...