Juventus hoping to beat Man United to signing of Belgian star

Juventus are hoping they can beat Manchester United to the signing of Anderlecht star Youri Tielemans, Metro reports.

The 18-year-old has caught the eye of a host of European giants in recent months as Premier League duo Arsenal and Chelsea are also said to be keen on his services.

He is being eyed by United boss Louis van Gaal as a possible long term replacement to Michael Carrick, who is already 34-year-old.

According to Italian media outlet Tuttosport, the current Serie A champions see the Red Devils as their biggest hurdle in trying to lure the midfielder to the club.

The Belgian has featured in 14 league matches and five Europa League matches for his side this term, so far being able to register three goals.

Van Gaal has been linked with a number of high profile youngsters given his recent revelation to build a squad for the future manager.

The Dutchman is expected to remain until his contract expires in 2017 as he previously stated that he made a promise to his wife to quit management after his spell at Old Trafford comes to an end.