Chelsea have entered the race to sign Eduardo Camavinga from Rennes and will compete with Manchester United for his signature, according to reports.
However, Chelsea are ready to hijack the move according to Le Parisien.
A cut-price figure of around £25.7million has been mooted thanks to Camavinga’s contract situation and the suggestion that Rennes are determined to receive a fee for the midfielder.
The Red Devils haven’t yet bid for the 18-year-old, but Romano has said that an official bid could arrive ‘in the coming days’.
Ex-United defender Rio Ferdinand discussed the prospect of Camavinga moving to Old Trafford, but would prefer if his former club signed West Ham’s Declan Rice.
Ferdinand told his ‘Vibe with Five’ YouTube channel: “I’ve not seen enough of him if I’m honest. I’ve seen a bit of him, his debut against PSG where he got man of the match, unreal.
“Talent? Obviously. Is he going to come in and effect the team right now and become a star, or is he going to come in and be a bit like an Amad, who comes in for £40m but is nowhere near the starting 11?
“Is that what we [United] need? Or do we need someone like Declan Rice who is flying at the moment? In an England shirt, he’s taken it to other levels now. We all knew he was a good player at West Ham but what Declan Rice is doing in the England team right now, for his age, is a madness.
“Then it comes down to have Man United got the funds to go and get him from West Ham? What are they going to ask for West Ham?
“For me, I’ve got to be honest, football ability Camavinga, Rice are fantastic players. You can see the potential a mile off. But Rice brings you character.
“He brings you a character that’s probably not in the game as much now as it was in my generation. Someone who is a sponge to information and wants to get better. Wants to get into an environment of winning constantly. He’s envious of his mates who are winning things. He reminds me a bit of myself, when I was his age.”