Man United keeping tabs with 22-year-old Real Madrid midfielder

Man United are casting a close eye over Real Madrid midfielder Federico Valverde, with the club’s scouts diving deeper with their looks at the midfielder’s game this campaign.

Uruguay international is on the Old Trafford outfit’s shortlist as a potential replacement for Paul Pogba, who may well leave this summer and has previously called a move to Los Blancos a ‘dream’.

It’s claimed that Federico’s versatility is massively appealing to Man United, as the midfielder can be deployed in a traditional central midfield role, a defensive-focused one or even as an attack-minded ace.

The Uruguayan midfielder carries a release clause of £148m, whilst the footballer currently earns £120,000-a-week. With his recent development, he’s surely in line for a raise sometime soon.

The report unsurprisingly states that the Norwegian manager’s side would not be willing to pay a figure remotely close to £148m, but that they would offer the footballer an increase in wages.

Federico’s rightfully high release clause and uncertainty over Pogba’s future leaves the Sun to tentatively mention a possible swap deal, but we’d see the arranging of a deal like that as highly unlikely.

Federico arrived in the Spanish capital in the summer of 2016 from homeland powerhouses Penarol, the club that the Red Devils recently signed Facundo Pellistri from.