Man United gearing up for SENSATIONAL raid on Serie A giants, Mourinho identifies shock January target

Sankha Ghosh / 11 September 2016

Manchester United are preparing for a surprise move to hijack Juventus wonderkid Grigoris Kastanos.

Jose Mourinho sent scouts to watch the Cypriot midfielder, who has two full international caps.

Kastanos, 18, is in talks over a new contract with the Italians, who want his buy-out clause increased to £17million.

But that price tag has not put United off the player, who scored twice for Juve against Manchester City in a 2-1 UEFA Youth League win last November.

Mourinho previously raided Massimiliano Allegri’s side for Paul Pogba over the summer.

Pogba returned to Old Trafford in a £89million transfer just four years after being let go by the club for free.

However, he is yet to find his feet after a poor performance in United’s 2-1 home defeat to City in the Manchester derby on Saturday afternoon.

Although the 18 year-old Cyprus international has a minimum release clause of £17 million, United don’t appear to be put off by such a price tag.

Indeed with Bastian Schweinsteiger training with the reserves, United remain in the market for cover in the central midfield.

Nevertheless, any move for Kastanos would come as a surprise to most observers.

However like with Pogba, Juventus may be looking to cash in on the youngster, after beating Arsenal to two time capped international for £100,000 back in 2014.