Manchester United have made an initial move to sign Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez following their 1-1 draw earlier this month, France Football reports.
The 25-year-old has enjoyed a sensational campaign, helping his side win the Premier League, and was also named PFA Player of Year.
His rise to fame has also attracted interest from a host of European giants, leading to fears that the Foxes may be unable to keep him at the King Power Stadium.
It is claimed that United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward met with the Algeria international in the hope of convincing him to accept a switch to Old Trafford.
Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri is aware of the many clubs keen on the signatures of his stars, but is urging them to stay despite previously admitting that he will not keep anyone against their will.
“If they go away, it is not good for them. It is much better if they improve another year here and then go wherever they want,” he said.
“But I have said so many times if one player comes to me and says ‘Gaffer, I want to go,’ then I leave him to go because it is okay.'”
Mahrez has already featured 38 times in all competitions this term, so far scoring 18 goals while providing another 10 assists in the process.