Man United in pole position of signing 19-year-old playmaker for £26m

The president of Steaua Bucharest has claimed that Manchester United have enquired about 19-year-old attacker Dennis Man.

Man enjoyed a breakthrough season for Steaua during the 2017-18 campaign, making 47 appearances across all competitions and establishing himself as a first-team regular for the Romanian club.

The youngster’s form has also seen him break into the Romanian national team, and Steaua president Gigi Becali has put an asking price of £26m on his head in an attempt to ward off interest from Jose Mourinho’s side.

“Manchester United asked me about Dennis Man and I want €30m (£26m),” Becali is quoted as saying by The Mirror.

“I know that they won’t pay this amount, but the player isn’t for sale.”

Meanwhile, Aston Villa have slapped a £40million price on Jack Grealish following interest from Manchester United. United have expressed interest in the 22-year-old following Michael Carrick’s retirement.

Villa’s failure to gain promotion back into the Premier League means the club will have heavily reduce their wage bill this summer to comply with the EPL’s financial play regulations that stipulate Championship Clubs cannot lose more than £39million over three seasons.

However, Steve Bruce’s side are keen to keep hold of Grealish and are demanding £40m to let their star man go, according to the Mirror. Mourinho needs to replace Michael Carrick, who retired at the end of last season.

United are hopeful of signing Brazil star Fred but the club look increasingly likely to need a second midfielder given Marouane Fellaini is yet to sign a new deal.