Manchester United have made further enquiries about Monaco midfielder Youri Tielemans.
The Belgium international was expected to join Leicester City following his successful loan but with talks progressing slowly over a £40million deal they are understood to be exploring alternatives.
United had reservations about the price tag but with market values high on alternatives, the 22-year-old has come back into focus.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants two midfielders and the club maintain Paul Pogba is not for sale despite Real Madrid’s persistent interest.
Newcastle United’s Sean Longstaff is viewed as a box to box midfielder by Solskjaer while Tielemans would be an option to sit deeper, in front of the defence.
United will make an improved offer for Aaron Wan-Bissaka at Crystal Palace this week and are pushing to sign Harry Maguire of Leicester City with main rivals Manchester City reluctant to pay over £50m for the centre-back Leicester value closer to £80m. Maguire though has indicated he would prefer to join City.
Palace want a fee closer to £60m for right-back Wan-Bissaka after rejecting an offer totalling £40m at the start of the month.
The 21-year-old has indicated he wishes to join United and Palace are expected to ask for Wilfried Zaha’s sell-on clause to be removed as part of negotiations.
Zaha has also asked to leave this summer but his £70m valuation is proving prohibitive for suitors such as Arsenal.
Palace, meanwhile, have asked about Atalanta’s Thomas Castagne as a possible replacement for Wan-Bissaka.