Man United boss Jose Mourinho is on the verge of signing Real Betis youngster Roberto Gonzalez
Gonzalez, 16, is rated as one of the best young talents in Spain and has been attracting interest from the Premier League.
United and Manchester City pride themselves on signing top young players and nurturing them into top first-team stars for the future.
But The Sun claim Jose Mourinho has beaten Pep Guardiola in the race to secure Gonzalez's signature.
It is said United will pay compensation to the La Liga side and he will go straight into their academy ranks.
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Manchester United are on the verge of signing Real Betis youngster Roberto Gonzalez.
Manchester United are keen to improve their European recruitment and have been trying their luck in signing Monaco star Kylian Mbappe.
Reports in France claim United bid £73.5million for the striker.
Mourinho is renowned for using his influence to sign top talent and he will be keen to bolster his ranks with some marquee signings.
United secured Champions League football for next season after beating Ajax in the Europa League final.
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And this is likely to help United in their pursuit of Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann.
Express Sport understands the Red Devils have made the France international their No 1 transfer target.
And they have been handed a boost in their pursuit of the striker after he apparently told the La Liga giants that he wants to leave.
It is believed United are willing to fork out £86million to activate his release clause.