According to the Daily Express, Manchester United are planning a bid for Juventus wonderkid Grigoris Kastanos.
The Cypriot midfielder has attracted interest from Europe’s major clubs, with Manchester United even believed to have sent scouts to track the teenager’s progress.
Kastanos has earned two full International caps with the Cyprus National team, but is yet to make a senior appearance for Juventus.
He has been part of Juve’s Youth squad for the past two years, and the Italian Champions are now preparing a new contract for Kastanos. Reports indicate that the club wants his new release clause to be set at £17 million, so as to scare off interest from other clubs.
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However, Manchester United, who just broke the world transfer record to sign Paul Pogba this summer, are unlikely to be detoured by the potential £17 million release clause.
Kastanos is highly regarded as one of the Serie A’s hottest talents, so United will be hoping to get him on the cheap now, rather than coughing up a world-record amount later on.
The 18-year-old can play as an attacking midfielder, but can also drop back as a defensive midfielder. He will be hoping to make a few Serie A appearances with the first-team this season.
Jose Mourinho lost his first competitive match as Manchester United’s manager this weekend, after his side failed to win against their cross-town neighbors. The Special One will now be hoping to lead Manchester United to victory this Thursday, as United travel to Holland to face Feyenoord.
Mourinho has confirmed that he will be starting Manchester United’s own teenage prodigy, Marcus Rashford, in the match.
Rashford rose to fame last season, and has continued his good form this season as well. He scored Manchester United’s 91st-minute winner against Hull City, and then went on to score a hat-trick on his England U21 debut.