Manchester United are tracking Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic with the view to submitting an offer this summer.
The Croatian World Cup runner-up could be available at the end of the season after Frenkie de Jong was signed from Ajax.
The Netherlands international has agreed to move to the La Liga champions for an initial
Rakitic has a contract at the Nou Camp until 2021 but despite playing a central role for Ernesto Valverde this season is expected to be replaced by the 21-year-old.
His desire to play regular football and knowledge that Barca will not offer him an improved contract as he prepares to turn 31 could see him consider options elsewhere.
As many as four clubs are aware of the situation and could take advantage, according to Catalonia daily Mundo Deportivo.
Paris Saint-Germain, who had an offer knocked back last summer, Inter Milan and Bayern Munich are among the European heavyweights monitoring the situation.
However, any interested suitor will likely have to activate Rakitic’s £108m release clause to make the move a reality.
Interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will advise the club’s hierarchy on new signings even though his future is uncertain.