Manchester United have reportedly joined the race to sign CSKA Moscow's Ahmed Musa following Leicester City's rejected approach.
Per David Wright in the Express, the Foxes have had a £15.1 million offer turned down by the Russian club, and United are now eager to sign Musa, with CSKA reportedly demanding a fee of at least £18.9 million.
The report indicated that Red Devils manager Louis van Gaal is eyeing the Nigerian as he looks to add firepower to his stale attack.
Musa, 23, has netted six times in 18 Russian league matches this season, hardly a phenomenal return, but he would undoubtedly add some spark to the Red Devils forward line, per WhoScored.com.
Leicester are expected to up their bid in what remains of the January transfer window, but United surely have more pulling power due to their elite status.
Russian football writer Artur Petrosyan reported that Musa's release clause is just under £25 million, a fee that United could afford if they are serious about signing him:
Artur Petrosyan @arturpetrosyan
Leicester had their £15m bid for Ahmed Musa rejected by #CSKA. Buyout clause is ~£23m. #MUFC are now also in for the Nigeria striker.1/28/2016, 8:37:38 PM
However, the Manchester outfit may be loath to shell out so much for a player who is unproven in the Premier League, even if he has the potential to add a few more goals to the United attack.
The Red Devils' goal return in the Premier League this season has been pitiful as they have netted just 28 in 23 games.
The style of play under Van Gaal has been maligned as the "dullest football the club has ever offered," per ESPN 's Alex Shaw:
Alex Shaw @AlexShawESPN
Piece about LVG being awful and horrible. https://t.co/oc2tyH1hCs https://t.co/Aferb3g7fU1/28/2016, 5:08:09 PM
United unquestionably need added verve and invention in attack, and Musa is seemingly being eyed as the man to provide it.
Meanwhile, the 20-time English champions are reportedly looking to poach one of Chelsea's best young prospects.
According to Martin Lipton in the Sun, United are eyeing a move for 16-year-old Domingos Quina, a central midfielder who has been in Chelsea's youth setup for three years.
Lipton reported that Quina could be open to the move, as the Portuguese believes his chances of promotion to the first team would be better at United than they currently are at Chelsea.
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