The 21-year-old Portuguese has already grabbed 20 goals in 38 matches for his club this season, along with 5 goals in World Cup qualifying for his national team.
Silva, who came through the youth academy at Porto, is rumoured to have a release clause of £51m inserted in his contract which runs until 2021.
The youngster could well be eyed as a replacement for Diego Costa if the Spaniard decides to leave Chelsea, or as support for Zlatan Ibrahimovic to ease off some some of his pressure at Old Trafford.
Jose Mourinho slammed four of his attacking players after United’s 0-0 draw with West Brom on Saturday – including their own academy product Marcus Rashford – as top scorers Ibrahimovic and Juan Mata were absent due to suspension and injury respectively.
“See how many goals our guys score during the season – Rashford, Lingard, Mkhitaryan, Martial,” the Portuguese manager told MUTV. “See how many goals they score and then Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] and [Juan] Mata are the ones with more goals. If they are not, the situation gets more difficult.”
Could a deal be done to lure Silva to United? Mourinho shares the same agent, so it may become a reality.
The good news for all clubs in the hunt for this exciting young talent is that he’s most likely to be available for the right price in the summer. Porto are in financial trouble and under pressure to cash in on their best players, which is no doubt something they have had a habit of doing anyway in the last decade or so.