Manchester United have reportedly had a world-record £95million bid snubbed by Monaco for Kylian Mbappe.
Jose Mourinho appears to have turned his attention to the 18-year-old Frenchman, having previously prioritised Atletico Madrid hitman Antoine Griezmann.
Real Madrid and Arsenal are also keen on Mbappe, but according to Spanish radio station Cadena Cope, United are the first team to make a firm move.
A first offer worth £69m was rejected before Mourinho apparently exceeded the fee he paid Juventus for Paul Pogba last summer.
Monaco are reluctant to sell striker Mbappe though, even with United seemingly ready to pay big.
Kylian Mbappe, Warren Joyce and Jose Mourinho feature in our Manchester United News
Nor can I buy a player from Manchester City or Arsenal. That was not the case before
United boss Mourinho has admitted signing players from Premier League rivals is now much more challenging than when he was at Chelsea.
The growing funds for clubs through TV revenue means United have had to search abroad in the transfer market.
“Here, everyone is powerful now,” Mourinho told France Football. “The scenery has changed. If I want to buy a player from Tottenham, I can’t.
“Nor can I buy a player from Manchester City or Arsenal. That was not the case before.
“At Chelsea, I brought in Shaun Wright-Phillips, who was the best player at Manchester City or Ashley Cole from Arsenal.”
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A return to Old Trafford for Warren Joyce has reportedly been ruled out.
Manchester United’s former head of academy left the club in November to take charge at Wigan.
But a poor spell in the Championship saw Joyce lose his job last week.
However, even with United still looking for a permanent replacement, the Manchester Evening News claim a swift comeback is not on the cards.
Progress has apparently been made in interviews with other candidates, even though Joyce was credited with bringing through the likes of Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba.