Like Sanchez, Mourinho to hijack move for £31m-rated in-demand CM

BERGAMO, ITALY - MARCH 19: Bryan Cristante of Atalanta BC in action during the Serie A match between Atalanta BC and Pescara Calcio at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia on March 19, 2017 in Bergamo, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is all set to beat Atletico Madrid to the signature of 22-year-old midfielder Bryan Cristante who currently plays for Atalanta.

It was earlier reported that Spanish side Atletico Madrid have made an offer for the player’s service and they were on the verge of bringing him to La Liga but United who are quietly making enquiries about the youngster are set to launch a mouthwatering contract for him so as to convince Benfica to sanction his move to Old Trafford.

Bryan has been phenomenal in the middle of the pitch for Atlanta this season. He has made 24 appearances, scoring nine goals with three of the goals coming in UEFA Europa League against Premier League opposition Everton.

Don Balon  via Daily Star reported that Serie A club Atalanta are considering signing the player on a permanent deal which will cost them £10million in January. The media outlet also reported that Atalanta are looking at the prospect of making huge profits from the player should they eventually sign him permanently from Portuguese giants Benfica.

United who are in the second position in the Premier League table have reinforced their attacking threat having signed Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal in a swap deal which saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan joined the North London club.

Mkhitaryan who was sparingly used by the Portuguese manager will hope to rejuvenate his career under Arsene Wenger’s guide.