Xherdan Shaqiri could be Paul Scholes’ heir at Old Trafford.
Manchester United are believed to have spoken to representatives of FC Basel ace Xherdan Shaqiri to persuade him not to move elsewhere before the summer.
Recent reports linked Shaqiri with a £12m transfer to FC Porto, but Sir Alex Ferguson is thought to consider the 20 year-old the natural successor to Paul Scholes at Old Trafford.
Scholes made a surprise comeback from retirement earlier this month to face Manchester City in the FA Cup, but is only a short term solution.
The 37 year-old has only signed a deal until the end of the season, and will be replaced in the summer with a genuine talent.
The mooted move for Wesley Sneijder appears less and less likely to happen by the day – particularly with Sneijder publicly stating his preference for a role behind a striker, rather than in midfield.
Shaqiri formed part of the Basel side which helped eliminate Manchester United from the UEFA Champions League, and played a major role in helping the Switzerland U21s to the UEFA Under-21 Championship Final.
He now has four goals in 17 full Swiss caps, and is very much seen as the future of the national team.
Could he also be the future of Manchester United?