Manchester United’s interest in River Plate midfielder Franco Mastantuono is today big news in Argentina.

That’s reported by ESPN, who claims that besides Barcelona, the Red Devils are also keeping an eye on the 16-year-old.

There’s no big information on the pursuit for now, with them claiming Manchester United  have ‘joined’ the Catalan side in that race.

The news caught so much attention that journalist German Garcia Grova went after more information on Mastantuono’s future, and wrote an exclusive story on Bolavip about it.

The reporter learned from both the player’s entourage and River Plate that the teenager is getting closer to signing a contract renewal with the club.

It’s said there’s ‘optimism’ about it, and that could make him the most expensive player in Argentine football.

Despite his young age, Mastantuono has eight appearances for the first team, with one goal scored. In any case, he could only move to Europe once he turns 18.

By the start of the month, reports had already claimed that Manchester United were keeping an eye on a few Argentine youngsters, and Mastantuono was one of them.

Now it seems they have actually engaged in a pursuit to get him signed.