MANCHESTER UNITED are reportedly in talks with Rapid Vienna’s 17-year-old starlet Yusuf Demir as they aim to beat Real Madrid to his signature.
The teenage midfielder has burst into the Austrian side’s first team, scoring four goals and bagging two assists in 17 senior appearances this term – attracting the attention of Europe’s big boys.
Rapid Vienna’s Yusuf Demir is reportedly in talks with Manchester UnitedCredit: PA:Press Association
And United are believed to be the club most interested with Los Blancos also in the frame, according to Defensa Central.
The report states United are yet to make a formal offer but have started negotiations with the player’s representatives.
Vienna are believed to want £8.9million for Demir who has also been sounded out by Barcelona.
Demir featured against Arsenal in the Europa League earlier this season and could find himself in the Premier League permanently.
He has a contract until 2022 which he signed at just 15 and has impressed European giants playing as an inverted winger.
The left-footed star has quick feet and is technically gifted with a great range of passing.
Demir would fit in well with United’s shift in recruitment strategy with the focus now on younger talent rather than more established professionals.
Amad Diallo, 18, was confirmed as the Red Devils’ first January transfer in a £37m move from Atalanta last week.
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Demir starred against Arsenal at the Emirates in the Europa League group stageCredit: PA:Press Association
Demir revealed he hopes to play for a ‘top European team one day’ and dreams of winning the Ballon d’Or.
Earlier this month, he told Transfermarkt: “Of course I want to play for a top European team one day, but everything step by step.
“Everything has it’s time. The most important thing is to be successful with Rapid now. Everything else comes about after good performances from me.
“Of course I have goals, such as winning as many titles as possible or even the Champions League.
“Personally, ever since I was a little kid, I have had the dream of one day winning the Ballon d’Or.”
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