Manchester United have been scouting Bayer Leverkusen centre-back Edmond Tapsoba after receiving a tip-off from a well-respected figure in Germany, Express Sport can exclusively reveal. The 22-year-old, who was still playing football in Burkina Faso for US Ouagadougou in 2017, has emerged as one of the brightest defenders in the Bundesliga in the past year and is also under the watchful eye of two other Premier League clubs.

Tapsoba was snapped up by Leverkusen from Vitoria Guimaraes in January 2020 when he cost an initial £15.5million in a deal that could still rise to £21.5m in add-ons.

The Bundesliga club's recruitment team were enchanted by his confidence bringing the ball out from the back and maturity on the field at such a young age.

Now he is the heartbeat of the Leverkusen defence - that also includes former United academy graduate Timothy Fosu-Mensah - and has played every minute of league action this season, besides the two games he missed due to coronavirus in late November.