MANCHESTER UNITED have had a move for Houssem Aouar rejected by the Lyon star.
The midfielder has regularly been linked with a transfer to the Premier League over the last few years.
Arsenal are one of the clubs consistently credited with an interest in the Frenchman and they reportedly had a bid worth £31million turned down in the past.
Aston Villa and Real Betis were linked last summer though it is United who remain interested in the midfielder.
According to Sport1 reporter Patrick Berger the Red Devils tried to approach Aouar with an offer to sign him on a free transfer in the summer.
Aouar is out of contract at the end of the season but has reportedly agreed to join Eintracht Frankfurt instead of the Red Devils.
The report claims he will put pen to paper on a £50,000-a-week deal and pocket a £4.4m signing on fee.
It is also believed United thought about signing the 24-year-old in January as a replacement for the injured Christian Eriksen, but decided to bring in Marcel Sabitzer instead.
They could still make a move for Aouar and are free to talk to him before he signs on the dotted line for Frankfurt.
But with Erik ten Hag identifying big-name midfielders it is perhaps likely United will focus on other targets.
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West Ham captain Declan Rice continues to be heavily linked with a switch to Old Trafford, though could cost around £100m.
Jude Bellingham is another player United have their eye on, as well as long-term target Frenkie de Jong.