MANCHESTER UNITED will swoop in ahead of Chelsea with a bid for RB Leipzig star Christopher Nkunku next week, according to reports.
Nkunku, 24, was named as the Bundesliga Player of the Season earlier this week.
Sky Sports Germany claim Nkunku's representatives are "in contact" with the Red Devils.
United are right at the front of the queue to sign the hot shot and an offer is "to be expected next week".
They are hoping to beat Chelsea as the Blues also ready themselves to launch a bid.
Club consultant Ralf Rangnick – who once called Nkunku "the best young player in Germany" – has already "advocated the move" to Old Trafford.
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And new boss Erik Ten Hag is said to be "impressed" by the prospect of a deal.
The France international has stood out this season, scoring an impressive 35 goals this campaign.
Add 20 assists in 51 appearances across all competitions this season and it is clear to see why a host of clubs are interested in his services.
Nkunku scored a tremendous volley against Rangers in Leizig's failed quest to reach the Europa League final.
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And Premier league clubs are not the only ones chasing the youngster as AC Milan and Bayern Munich are showing interest.
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His former club Paris Saint-Germain are also set to join the bidding war.
With a release clause of approximately £55million, rival teams could monitor the situation for another year.
Meanwhile, never-before-seen footage of United's last-gasp 1999 Champions League final comeback has emerged from a fan's perspective.
The last five minutes filmed on an old camcorder, snuck into the Nou Camp, has been released 23 years later.
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