MANCHESTER UNITED and Paris Saint-Germain are locked in a transfer battle for Leicester full-back Ricardo Pereira, according to reports.
However, French media outlet Le 10 Sport claim both sides will have to wait until the summer to bid for the Portuguese international, with the Foxes set to block any January sale.
A host of unnamed Serie A clubs in Italy have also registered an interest in the 26-year-old, who won the club’s Player of the Season last campaign.
Pereira, a 22million signing from Porto, has already chipped in with two goals and an assist to help steer Leicester to second in the table.
But he reportedly has a buyout clause for the summer of 2020 in his contract at the King Power Stadium that has alerted the attention of Europe’s elite.
Pereira was heavily linked with a switch to Juventus back in June, while he was also eyed by Jose Mourinho as one of the names to replace Kieran Trippier at Spurs.
PSG are currently in the market for a successor to Thomas Meunier, who will be out of contract at the end of the season.
Pereira has previously spent two years on loan in Ligue 1 with Nice, and it is believed he would be open to a return to France.
While United are also vying for his signature, despite splashing out 50m on fellow right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka last summer.
It is said that Pereiras versatility, as well as his ability to deputise as a winger in the mold of formerRed Devils captain Antonio Valencia, appeals to the Old Trafford hierarchy.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to splash the cash in the coming transfer windows as he builds a squad capable of challenging at the top end of the table.
But the Norwegian’s immediate priority in January is to bolster his attack, with Red Bull Salzburg starlet Erling Haaland understood to be his No.1 choice.
Yet the talented 19-year-old, who has a 25.5m release clause, has reportedly agreed terms with Serie A champions Juventus.