Manchester United’s attempt to sign three of Portugal’s rising stars could cost a staggering £250m.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is expected to land the full-time manager’s job, is in favour of signing the best young talent rather than experienced players.
Starsport understands that is why he has ordered regular updates on Benfica pair Joao Felix, 19, and Ruben Dias, 21, plus Sporting Lisbon’s Bruno Fernandes, 24.
Forward Felix has a £105m release clause, midfielder Fernandes’ buy-out agreement is £95m while defender Dias has a value of £50m.
Leicester City are demanding £90m for Harry Maguire, Starsport can exclusively reveal.
Daily Star Sunday can exclusively reveal Manchester United officially bid £75m last summer after the World Cup where Maguire was highly impressive.
That move was immediately rejected by Leicester, who told United they would have to offer at least a world-record £80m fee for a defender.
Maguire is under contract until 2023 after signing an extension so the Foxes are likely to want as much as £90m to sanction a deal.
Paul Pogba will be a Manchester United player for a “long time” despite suggesting joining Real Madrid would be a dream, according to Dimitar Berbatov.
“I don’t think there is anything to worry about here,” Berbatov told Betfair.
“We live in a world where you can say what you want and I can imagine the words being taken out of context.
“Paul will be a United player for a long time, as long as he and the club want to be together.”