Manchester United have made an approach to sign Leeds United midfielder Raphinha, according to reports in Brazil.
The 24-year-old has made an instant impression in his first season at Leeds after he joined in a £17 million deal from Rennes last October.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been keen to recruit a player to bolster his right flank, with United targeting Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho last summer.
And the Brazilian represents an alternative solution to the England international, who was valued at over £100m by Dortmund last year.
According to UOL Esporte, United began talks last week over a deal for Raphinha and are currently working on the financial details of a potential transfer this summer.
The report claims that Raphinha’s representatives now plan to meet with Leeds to discuss a possible move away from Elland Road at the end of the season.
It’s also understood that United have an advantage in the race to sign Raphinha as the Brazilian is close friends with Bruno Fernandes following their time together at Sporting in Portugal, and the pair are said to be in constant contact.
Speaking earlier this week, Raphinha, who has also been linked with a move to Liverpool, insisted that he is happy at Leeds.
‘I’m really happy and so satisfied to be a part of this club,’ he told the club’s official website.
‘Today, I’m really well settled in the city and the club. I thank everybody for their affection. They contributed to this.’