18-year-old winger-come-striker Dorin Rotariu has had something of a breakthrough year at Dinamo Bucharest this season.
The talent, who is dubbed ‘Van Persie’ amongst his team-mates, because of his vicious left-foot strike, has been finding the net regularly this term.
His former agent Ioan Becali (now imprisoned) has made it clear that top teams in the Premier League are enquiring about his prize talent.
He stated to the Romanian press in January:
"Mourinho knows him, and Villa-Boas knows him, and David Moyes. He is the first on the list when Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United are looking for youth."
It was then later reported that United were considering a £3 million bid for the player - as he continued to impress this season.
He has scored nine goals this season and is now looking toward a future in one of Europe's big clubs - as United are not the only team hunting his signature.
Rotariu, whose future has been cloudy recently due to a scandal involving his representation, is now reportedly set to snub the attentions of United for Portugal - with Sporting Lisbon said to be close to finalising a deal for the teenager.
Portuguese source O Jogo claims that Sporting's director of football Augusto Inacio met with his Dinamo counterpart over the possibility of bringing him in on trial and then subsequently signing him for a reasonable fee should he impress.
Meanwhile reports in Romania suggest that Sporting's city rivals Benfica are also keen on his signature:
For United it would not be a big blow right now, but Rotariu remains one of Europe's most sought after young talents and it would be another failure in the market.
Perhaps their interest in Rotariu went out the door the moment Moyes did. But it certainly seems they are no longer front-runners in his pursuit.