Manchester United are ready to pip Premier League rivals Chelsea to the signing of Anderlecht youngster Youri Tielemans, according to the Metro.
Numerous top clubs around the continent are thought to be monitoring his situation in Belgium as he continues to impress, despite his tender years.
The 18-year old is believed to have been the subject of a scouting mission from the Old Trafford outfit later this week as bosses ran the rule over his talents.
Widely considered to be one of the most promising talents in world football, the midfielder broke the record as the youngest Belgian to ever play in the Champions League at the age of just 16.
Personal accolades such as Belgian Talent of the Year last year, as well as the Young Professional Footballer of the Year in his homeland have also followed the teenage sensation.
Understood to be valued at around £30m, it appears to be the Red Devils who have drawn first blood in the race to land him.