Manchester United are weighing up a move for Valencia midfielder Uros Racic – and believe they can land him in a cut-price deal.
The 22-year-old Serbian is believed to have a £92million release clause in his contract but the impact of the coronavirus crisis may force the Spanish side to lower their demands.
And according to The Sun, that has alerted the attention of United who are still keen to bolster their midfield ranks despite already landing Donny van de Beek from Ajax this summer.
It is claimed that Valencia may be willing to part ways with Racic for £28million.
The midfielder has been likened to United's current Serbian star Nemanja Matic, with his box-to-box style of playing impressing Old Trafford chiefs.
And with Pogba facing an uncertain future in Manchester, United believe Racic can fill his boots as a cheap long-term replacement.
Should Racic arrive, he would provide midfield competition alongside the likes of Van de Beek, Bruno Fernandes, Matic, Fred and Scott McTominay.
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Pogba has returned to training after his positive COVID-19 test but is a doubt for their Premier League season opener at home to Crystal Palace this weekend.
Pogba was forced to withdraw from France's squad for this month's Nations League matches after testing positive for the novel coronavirus.
The 27-year-old has recuperated and is working on his fitness but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he needs more time.
"Paul's had a couple of training sessions so he's lost out on a few sessions because of the virus, of course," Solskjaer told MUTV.
"But Paul is quick to get fit. Of course, he worked really hard to get back after lockdown last time and played the majority of the games.
"Hopefully, he'll be ready for next weekend. I am not 100% sure though."
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