The Monaco star is thought to be on Jose Mourinho’s wishlist as the Portuguese boss looks to bolster his midfield.
With Bastian Schweinsteiger already departed and Michael Carrick likely to follow suit at the end of the season, Mourinho is keen to bring in fresh talent.
Chelsea are also battling for his services though, with reports suggesting a £35m deal has already been agreed with the Blues.
Tiemoue Bakayoko is attracting interest from Manchester United and Chelsea
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Tiemoue Bakayoko played with Anthony Martial at Monaco
However, the Manchester Evening News claim those reports are wide of the mark and he is still considering a move to Old Trafford providing they have Champions League football on offer next season.
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They claim Martial could help Mourinho convince Bakayoko to choose United over Chelsea.
Martial and Bakayoko are close friends having played together at Monaco.
Oui Baka !!!
— Anthony Martial (@AnthonyMartial) March 15, 2017
Anthony Martial could play a key part in convincing Tiemoue Bakayoko to join Manchester United
The United winger even posted a congratulatory message on Twitter to his former team-mate when he netted against rival Manchester City in the Champions League last month.
And while Chelsea have the likes of N’Golo Kante and Kurt Zouma from their French contingent, the Manchester Evening News claim his strong relationship with United’s Martial could play a factor in any transfer decisions Bakayoko has to make this summer.
Bakayoko is under contract with Monaco until 2019.