Manchester United are battling Milan for the signature of want-away Fiorentina man Riccardo Montolivo.
The midfielder's contract expires at the end of the season and talks have broken down irrevocably, so a January sale is very likely.
The Rossoneri have been heavily linked with Montolivo for many months and are widely expected to make a swoop for him mid-term.
However, according to the Daily Mail, Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson sent scouts to view his performance during Italy's 3-0 win over Northern Ireland.
They were impressed with the 26-year-old in the final Euro 2012 qualifier and could join the race for Montolivo along with Inter and Bayern Munich.
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