Manchester United are reportedly preparing to offer Fulham £25million for teenage star Ryan Sessegnon.
And Jose Mourinho is believed to be ready to sell Luke Shaw in order to sign the England youth star.
The 17-year-old, who was top scorer for the Young Lions as they won the Under-19s Euros, has been monitored by a host of clubs from across Europe for some time.
But The Guardian claim United are set to steal a march over the likes of Tottenham, Liverpool and Real Madrid by making a move next month.
Champions League holders Madrid have been watching the full-back all season, while Spurs had a £20m bid rejected for Sessegnon last summer.
Fulham have so far refused to sell their prized-asset but are now believed to be willing to sell for a fee in excess of £30m.
And their manager Slavisa Jokanovic admitted yesterday that he is unsure whether Sessegnon will stay at Craven Cottage in January.
The Serbian said: “In this moment, I am not thinking of being without him for the season, but it is not under my control.
“All the questions are what the value of this player is, but myself, as a coach, I prefer to stay with the more important players for the competition that is ahead of us, but on the other side I can understand the business side too.
“If we want to be competitive we must keep our important players.”
If United’s bid is accepted then that is expected to start a huge transfer scramble for the ace.
Tottenham will renew their interest but are also interested in Shaw.
The outcasted left-back, 22, has only played 328 minutes for the Red Devils in the top-flight so far this season.
Mourinho’s move for the Championship’s hottest property is not dependent on the sale of Shaw.
However, they know a number of clubs would be willing to take the England international off their hands.
Meanwhile, Spurs are also keen on Sessegnon’s twin brother Steven.