Manchester United have launched a move to sign Chelsea wonderkid Domingos Quina, who is widely considered to be one of Europe's most exciting prospects, reports The Sun.
Quina, 16, was originally poached from Benfica as a 13-year-old and has been developing in the Chelsea academy ever since. The Blues have tried their best to keep his formidable talent a secret, but Manchester United's wide scouting network has seen him and, now, they want him.
The Red Devils have come in for criticism in recent years for their inability to bring youth products into the first-team; a problem compounded by Louis van Gaal's decision to sell Danny Welbeck to Arsenal in 2014.
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Knowing the value of a strong youth system, Ed Woodward has promised to shake things up and is already looking to recruit several new coaches, but there is also a plan to poach the world's best young talent from rival academies.
Quina represents their main focus for the moment and there is real fear from Chelsea that they will lose him to their Premier League rivals. While Manchester United may be struggling to find top talent, Chelsea are flat-out refusing to play their best young players.
Faulty production line
Ruben Loftus-Cheek and John Terry represent the only youth products currently in the first team while dozens, including Izzy Brown and Dominic Solanke, are currently struggling to make an impression on loan.
Quina is fully aware of the struggles his older team-mates have had and will be attracted by the bigger chance of first-team football at Old Trafford.
However, Manchester United are also spending huge money on established stars at the same time, so we don't really know what's going on. It's almost as if Woodward doesn't really know what he is doing.