JOSE MOURINHO is plotting “an offer that cannot be refused” for Bernardo Silva, according to reports in France.
The Monaco playmaker is one of Europe’s hottest properties after starring in the No10 role for the Ligue 1 winners.
And France Football magazine claims Mourinho is plotting a huge offer for the Portuguese international, 22.
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Real Madrid and Chelsea have also been linked with the £70million-plus talent.
But French TV channel Cannal+ says United are in pole position to sign Silva after completing preliminary discussions.
United boss Mourinho is seeking to strengthen his squad ahead of next season, with Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic also among the targets.
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Victory against Ajax in the Europa League final on Wednesday would earn United Champions League football next term.
That could prove crucial in attracting the likes of Silva, Matic and Antoine Griezmann.
Anti-terror cops have thrown an impenetrable ring of steel around the Stockholm showpiece amid heightened fears of an attack.
The game takes place in the Swedish capital less than two days after a bomb killed 22 people at a pop concert in Manchester.
Jose Mourinho‘s stars are being protected around the clock by gun cops as they prepare to take on Ajax.
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But the mood among travelling fans was sombre in the wake of an attack which injured dozens and cast a shadow on the city.