Ligue 1 side AS Monaco are set to complete the signing of 16-year-old box-to-box midfielder Eliot Matazo from Belgian club Anderlecht, according to L’Équipe.
Monaco Sporting Director Michael Emenalo has led this charge, and ASM find themselves way out ahead in this race of Manchester United and Bayern Munich.
The Red Devils had sent representatives to convince the Belgian in person, with striker Romelu Lukaku also having been engaged by the Premier League club to try to bring Matazo in.
Efforts that have seemingly failed, despite the fact that Manchester United are offering a signing bonus of €3m.
Monaco’s usual arguments for convincing young players to join them has seemingly worked again: promises of accelerated first team opportunities, being assured to progress in a team constantly playing European football, etc.