BARCELONA have asked to be kept updated on the future of Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic.
Matic, 33, has around 18 months left on contract and Nou Camp bosses are keen to take him to Spain next summer.
Barcelona see Matic as a good addition to their engine room after being snubbed by Gini Wijnaldum, who opted for Paris Saint Germain after quitting Liverpool on a free last summer.
The ailing Catalan giants are still strapped for cash, but believe they could land ex-Serbian international Matic on a cut-price deal because of his age and would be entering his final year.
Matic earns around £140,000-a-week at Old Trafford, but there is now enough wriggle room on the Barca wage bill, with a transfer figure of less than £10 million likely.
Manwhile, it is being reported that United are eyeing Monaco’s Aurelien Tchouameni as a replacement for Paul Pogba.
But the Red Devils face competition from Premier League rivals Liverpool and Manchester City in landing the France midfielder.
And ESPN reports Monaco have slapped a £50million price tag on the highly-rated 21-year-old, who joined from Bordeaux in January last year.
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The Frenchman is into the final year of his contract and would be free to speak to foreign clubs when the transfer window reopens in January.
His suitors are a who’s who of European football with Barcelona the latest giants to enter the race for his signature.
Real Madrid have been long-time admirers of the 28-year-old, while Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus are also monitoring his situation.
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