Man United are closely monitoring Leeds United pair Kalvin Phillips and Ben White, Football Insider can reveal.
The Premier League giants have sent their scouts to regularly assess the duo this season and will continue to watch them over the coming months.
United’s talent spotters have been impressed by the pair’s performances this season under Marcelo Bielsa’s guidance, with the source saying they are “blowing them away”.
Phillips signed a new five-year Leeds contract in September after the club knocked back £20million-plus summer bids from multiple Premier League clubs.
But, as revealed by Football Insider, the new deal has a release clause that can be triggered next summer if third-placed Leeds fail to secure promotion from the Championship.
White has made a huge impact at Elland Road after joining on a season-long loan from Brighton & Hove Albion.
As revealed by Football Insider, the Seagulls now value White at more than £20million and have high hopes he can establish himself in their team when his United spell ends.
United are not the only leading Premier League club alerted to the displays of White, with Liverpool also among those keeping tabs on him.
White, like Phillips, has started all 15 of Leeds’ Championship matches this season and is destined for a top-flight career whatever the outcome of the promotion bid.
Football Insider revealed in August how Leeds had been blocked by Brighton from sealing a full-time White move during summer negotiations.
This is the third loan of White’s career after previous spells in League One and League Two with Peterborough United and Newport County respectively.
In other Leeds United news, Noel Whelan has heard who will take over the centre-forward mantle if Patrick Bamford gets injured.