Manchester United have put Real Madrid’s Uruguay international Federico Valverde on their hit-list, a British newspaper the Sun exclusively reports.

The midfield prodigy has pushed his way into the Spanish side’s team this campaign and started to justify his big reputation.

The 22-year-old has been tipped for the top for seasons but is slowly proving his quality in LaLiga — and long-term admirers the Red Devils are on red alert.

And with Paul Pogba openly revealing he likes the idea of a move to Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid in the future, the English giants are keeping an eye on Federico in case a swap becomes possible.

The South American youngster has an eye-watering £640 million exit clause, which shows how much Los Blancos think of him.

It’d be unusual for United to sign a player from a top European rival at his age but Paul could be a very intriguing pawn in the game.

Old Trafford head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had confirmed the club triggered the one-year extension in Paul’s contract.

His deal was up at the end of this term with no announcement that the club had taken up the opportunity to renew it by a further year.

He said: “Paul’s our player, he’s going to be here for another two years and sure he’s focused on doing his best for us and we want to see the best from Paul and I’m sure in the next couple of years we’ll get the best out of him.”