Manchester United are ready to make an astonishing raid on Chelsea to hijack rising star Domingos Quiina, reports The Sun.
The 16-year-old central midfielder is regarded as one of Europe’s hottest young properties.
He has been at Chelsea for three years but United are now looking to snatch him from Stamford Bridge as they look to improve their academy. Arsenal were also linked with the young lad but rumours died down later.
And it is claimed Chelsea officials fear Quina will make the move up north as he believes he will have better prospects of breaking through to the first team at Old Trafford.
Chelsea signed 13-year-old Quina to London on scholarship terms, and had high hopes for the flamboyant forward, with plans afoot to offer him a full contract this year.
However, with FA rules meaning youngsters cannot be tied down until they turn 17, a host of Premier League clubs have been watching Quina in the hope of being able to snap up his services.
Quina has also played a pivotal role on the international stage, having helped Portugal U17s top their UEFA elite round group earlier this year – with scouts from several of the Premier League’s top clubs in attendance.
Quina has caught the eye with his penchant for a dazzling dribble and fleet-footed skills. Deployed predominantly as a No 10, his pace and poise mean he is equally adept out wide or as part of a front three.
The Blues’ youngster is capable of some spectacular strikes from distance, with one particular effort from a long way out for a Chelsea age-group side attracting plenty of attention on social media.
Watching scouts were treated to another example of Quina’s impressive accuracy from range, as he found the net in Portugal U17s’ dominant 7-3 victory over their English counterparts at Burton Albion in August.
Such dynamism for someone so young is what has attracted so many suitors, with the spectacular goals a major plus.