Inter Milan appear to be the latest team to join the race for Sporting Lisbon star William Carvalho.
Carvalho spent last season on loan at Belgian side Cercle Brugge, but has established himself as an integral part of the Sporting first team this season, and the subsequent impressive displays have attracted interest from a number of sides around Europe - mainly Manchester United.
Red Devils boss David Moyes needs to improve his midfield at the end of the season, even after splashing out £27.5m on Marouane Fellaini last summer, and Angolan-born Portuguese international Carvalho was believed to be top of his shopping list, with speculation suggesting that United had opened talks with Sporting over a move for the 21-year-old defensive midfielder.
But there now appears to be competition for his signature, with Serie A giants Inter Milan looking to make him part of their revolution this summer. Under new owner and president Erick Thohir, Inter are overhauling their squad and will look to make considerable improvement in the summer - which has already started with the pre-contract agreement in place to bring Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic to the San Siro.
The report, sourced from Portuguese newspaper A Bola, states that Inter scouts have been told to watch Carvalho intently until the end of the season, as they simply can't wait now with Carvalho could now play a key role in Paulo Bento's Portugal team at the World Cup.
Even with Thohir's influence, United should be able to compete with them on a financial front, which could require a whopping £38m bid in order to activate his release clause, but Moyes will need to move quickly to land a key target - which was United's major downfall last summer.