Old Trafford side chase trio of young talents. Scot show interest in possible top quality Spanish summer additions.
Manchester United are chasing Spanish star Oscar de Marcos – the Athletic Bilbao flier who knocked them out of Europe.
Highly-rated De Marcos will be watched by United’s chief scout Jim Lawlor after boss Sir Alex Ferguson’s brother Martin looked at him last week.
De Marcos – 23 later this month – has been an all-action revelation under coach Marcelo Bielsa and scored in both legs against United in the Europa League showdowns.
United saw enough of De Marcos in those games to increase their interest and the follow-up trips point to an offer for him in the summer.
De Marcos has a release clause of £26million in his contract, although United would be reluctant to offer that much for a player who has yet to be capped by Spain.
Indeed £26m does seem a steep price to pay for the 22 year old although the young Spaniard does appear to have a great deal of potential and his adaptability is sure to interest Sir Alex Ferguson. De Marcos is very comfortable on the ball and has a good footballing brain and the performances he put in against Man United in the Europa League were truly top notch.
The former Alaves man could add more strength in depth to a Man United midfield that is arguably light on options. With Darren Fletcher experiencing serious illness issues and Tom Cleverley having injury concerns, Anderson being inconsistent a move for the Athletic Bilbao man could be a sensible one, though perhaps not at the price quoted.