Manchester United are in pole position to sign Isak Hansen Aaroen ahead of Liverpool and Everton, according to Norwegian teenager's current club, Tromso.
Hansen Aaroen is said to have had trial spells with United, Liverpool and Everton, but is now in talks over a move to Jose Mourinho's team.
Svein Morten Johansen, the sporting director at Tromso, revealed in quotes published by the Sun newspaper: "We have had very positive discussions with Manchester United.
"Of course there is a long way to go, but we are working well with Isak's family about an agreement.
"We are positive that this will be good for all parties.
"In the first instance we are looking at some kind of cooperation agreement, where the goal is to develop the player so that he may end up going over and playing for them.
"Isak has always been a good player, and he is a sensible lad.
"He is good for his age, and although there is a long way to go he has every reason to succeed."
And Kristian Hoydal, another Tromso director, added: "Right now we are talking to United.
"They have gone a little way towards signing him by coming here."
Hansen Aaroen is the latest in a wave of young talent to emerge from the Scandinavian nation, with Martin Odegaard (Real Madrid) and Erling Braut Haaland (Molde, soon to be Red Bull Salzburg) notable examples.
Norwegians such as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Manchester United), John Arne Riise (Liverpool) and Thomas Mhyre (Everton) all enjoyed successful spells with English clubs.
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