Manchester United are interested in recruiting French duo Boubakary Soumare and Moussa Dembele, sources have told ESPN FC.

Soumare, 20, has represented France at youth levels and plays at Lille. He has been followed for many years by the top European clubs, including United. But the Red Devils are now ready to get the ball rolling to try to recruit him before anyone else. The club has scouted him several times this season, including against Valencia last week in Champions League group action where he had an outstanding performance in Lille's 1-1 draw with Los Che.

United see Soumare as a potential heir to Paul Pogba in the midfield, with both players sharing similar profiles. With Pogba's long-term future uncertain at Old Trafford, Soumare has impressed this season with his activity, physicality, and technical skills for someone his size.

However, United are not looking to immediately replace Pogba, who has three years left on his contract.

Soumare also ticks the box of young, talented players that the club has recently signed such as Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.