Manchester United allegedly held talks with the agent of Bayer Leverkusen forward Leon Bailey, in an attempt to sound out his availability.
The Jamaican star has not been short of potential buyers in the past few years, having become one of the most highly-respected attackers in the Bundesliga.
The 23-year-old winger was a product of the Phoenix All Stars Academy in his homeland before stints with Liefering in Austria and AS Trencin in Slovakia.
But it was Belgian club Genk where the ace really started to make his name, as Leon was named the Young Player of the Year in the Jupiler Pro League.
Bailey was soon snapped up by the Bundesliga side and now there is a long line of teams keen to prise Bailey away from the BayArena.
His current contract is due to expire in the summer of 2023 and Die Werkself are keen on extending the player’s stay but face an uphill battle.
United have sent scouts to watch Leon in the past 18 months and he is said to be one of the wingers currently under consideration.
According to journalist Jonathan Shrager, United have already held discussions with his representatives over a potential move.
His entourage Aidy Ward is also reported to have spoken with both Tottenham Hotspur and AC Milan.
Upon signing for Bayer Leverkusen, Leon admitted that a host of PL giants were in the running for his signature.
“Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool – a lot of clubs were interested,” Bailey told FourFourTwo. “[But] you want to develop in the right environment; around the right minds and mentality.”
Manchester United centre-back Victor Lindelof says he’s still carrying a back problem that has caused him difficulties throughout the season.
He has been Harry Maguire’s regular partner in the defence this season but the ongoing issue has occasionally forced the player to the sidelines to undergo treatment, missing midweek’s draw with Crystal Palace as a result.
Victor admits he has been struggling with his back this term but is hopeful however he’ll be available for Sunday’s Manchester derby.
‘Of course. It’s a big game, everyone wants to play in those games,’ Lindelof told the club’s official website. ‘Yeah I’ve been struggling a bit with my back. I’ve been having it for the last couple of months.
‘I missed a few games as well and I am just trying to manage it in a good way. I missed a few games and I came back slowly. I played one game and then I got to rest again, it felt a bit better.
‘It started to come back a little bit but I’m just trying to manage it in a good way, do the recovery right and then treatment. [I’m] just trying to manage it in a good way.’
Meantime, Manchester United have reportedly pinpointed Fredi Bobic as a possible candidate to become director of football at the club.
In spite of long-standing speculation about an appointment in that capacity, United chiefs have so far opted against bringing in a new figure behind the scenes.
However, according to Bild, the English giants have placed the ex-Germany international on their shortlist.
Bobic is understood to have informed Eintracht Frankfurt that he wants to take on a fresh challenge after five years with the Bundesliga side.
Manchester United and West Ham United both reportedly have Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt’s Director of Football, Fredi Bobic, on a wishlist of candidates for the role.
That’s according to SportBILD, who cover Fredi’s future as it looks increasingly likely he will quit Frankfurt this summer.
The German outlet explains that reports this week regarding a potential exit for Bobic in the summer are correct, with the 49-year-old German having publicly expressed his willingness to move on.
That, though, is something those in charge of Eintracht have been aware of for some time and, after trying to convince Fredi to stay with a better salary proposal, are resigned to him going.
The board have promised not to put any obstacles in his way, including demanding a transfer sum, and so Fredi, who considers his time at the club as completed, is now looking for his next job.
That is very likely to be at Hertha Berlin, with Fredi a fan of the club. He also enjoys a great relationship with their new CEO, Carsten Schmidt.
However, with Bobic’s contract talks dragging on, they fell into the background, and other potential suitors moved into the foreground.
This is where the Red Devils and the Hammers come in, with SportBILD stating that the PL clubs both ‘have him on their list’ alongside RB Leipzig.
Now there is no mention of contact or even an offer to the German, just that teams both have him on their list of possible candidates, which is a little surprising as neither Manchester United nor West Ham are known to be actively searching for a new Director of Football.