The 24-year-old attacking midfielder is comfortable in either a central role of on the right flank, and has already notched an impressive nine goals for the Bundesliga side this season.
His performances are understood to have attracted the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea, but United are keen to nip in ahead of their divisional rivals to land the Germany international.
And to do so they’re ready to pay the £11m release clause in his deal ay the BayArena, taking Leverkusen’s desire to keep their man out of the equation.
Bellarabi has been capped four times by the reigning World Champions, with his pace and power on the ball key traits.
United are also considering PSV Eindhoven’s Memphis Depay.