Manchester United have been told to pay between €45-50million (£38-43m) if they want to secure the services of Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni, according to reports.
Tchouameni turns 22 in January and is one of the most highly coveted young players in the world after an impressive calendar year and has numerous suitors, if rumours are to be believed.
As an 18-year-old, he initially burst onto the scene with Bordeaux under Gus Poyet as a dynamic and powerful No.8 in central midfield, capable of doing it all.
Since his move to Monaco, he has earned national recognition with France and has reverted to a more pragmatic role as a No.6 in midfield, using his physical prowess and technical acumen from a deeper role.
Arguably, this is exactly what Manchester United have needed under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, so it no surprise to see the Red Devils linked alongside the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool, Barcelona and Real Madrid.
However, Italian outlet Tuttosport claim a bid of around £40m will be required to pry the midfielder away from The Stade Louis II.
United could be tempted to make a bid in the January transfer window amid confusion around the future of Paul Pogba, who is potentially off in the summer for free.
A potential replacement was West Ham United’s Declan Rice, yet his price tag seemingly continues to soar after leading the Hammers to third in the Premier League and into the knockout stages of the Europa League.
David Moyes has previously said it would take ‘Bank of England Money’ to prise Rice away, meaning £40m for Tchouameni would represent a much cheaper alternative.