Zinedine Zidane has reportedly given the green light for Real Madrid to sign Eduardo Camavinga as an alternative to Paul Pogba.
Madrid have been chasing Pogba for months, but have gone cold over a potential transfer as Man Utd stand firm over their asking price.
Competition from Juventus has only driven United's demands up to the £150-180million mark, causing Madrid to consider other options.
Marca report that Madrid were already plotting a bid for Rennes star Camavinga prior to the coronavirus outbreak.
The 17-year-old is seen as a cheaper and more long-term prospect than Pogba, and Madrid believe they can land him for £54million.
Rennes were demanding closer to £90million for their academy graduate, but with Camavinga's contract due to expire in 2022, Madrid are confident of completing a deal for significantly less.
Camavinga burst onto the scene with a man of the match display in Rennes' win over PSG earlier this season, attracting interest from Europe's elite.
United were among the clubs said to be eyeing the midfielder, along with Liverpool and Arsenal.
But Madrid scouts have been keeping close track of his progress and sending positive reports back to the Bernabeu, impressing Zidane.
Pogba's future at United still looks to be coming to an end though, with boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer keen to add another centre midfielder to his squad.
United are well stocked in that department following the acquisition of Bruno Fernandes in January, the return of Scott McTominay, and the resurgences of Fred and Nemanja Matic.
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