Manchester United are targeting a move for Sporting Lisbon winger Gelson Martins, according to the Daily Star.
Also Portuguese paper Record says his impressive form this season has come to the attention of Jose Mourinho. The Special One has had his scouts check out the 21-year-old and the reports have apparently been favourable.
That prompted Mourinho to step up his interest – but has also led Sporting boss Jorge Jesus to ask his board to renew the youngster’s contract, increasing his release clause from its current £55m to nearer £77m in the hope this will deter both United and Real Madrid.
Martins grabbed the wider attention of European football when he produced a sparkling display for the Portuguese giants in their 2-1 defeat of Los Merengues in the Champions League.