Manchester United have told their Serbia-based scout to keep checking the progress of Red Star Belgrade's exciting youngster Marko Grujic, reports MailOnline.
A local representative was sent to report on the towering midfielder in the local derby against FK Rad Beograd last Saturday and saw Grujic open the scoring (watch it below) with a 30-yard wondergoal. Red Star went on to win 3-0.
At 6ft 3in, the 19-year-old already cuts an imposing figure on the pitch and has regularly outclassed players many years his senior since breaking into the first team picture.
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The Red Devils have already recruited their army of scouts in a mission to find long-term replacements for ageing midfielders Michael Carrick and Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Carrick, 34, remains an important member of Louis van Gaal's squad, but his contract expires at the end of the season and there has been no decision on a renewal. Schweinsteiger, 31, only arrived in Manchester this summer, signing a three-year deal worth £220,000-a-week, but is unlikely to get an extension.
Grujic already has the physical frame to play in the Premier League and, thanks largely to Red Star's small standing in European football, could cost them as little as £3million.
It is almost impossible for a club like Manchester United to locate a hot prospect without one of their Premier League rivals finding out. As you would expect, Chelsea are also aware of Grujic's rising prominence and could match any bid from Old Trafford.
The race is on
However, Jose Mourinho has shown a huge reluctance to grant game time to young stars and has sent a huge swath of talent out on loan since returning to Stamford Bridge in 2013.
Comparatively, Van Gaal has given prominent first-team roles to young stars including Luke Shaw, Memphis Depay and Anthony Martial. That reputation could make a move to Manchester all the more tempting for Grujic.
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