Juventus are compiling a dossier on Marcus Rashford as they firm up their interest in the Manchester United striker.
The Italian champions are admirers of the England international and have placed his name on a list of prospective transfer targets.
Rashford appeared as a substitute in United’s recent Champions League victory over Juventus in Turin, but has been tracked by the Serie A club’s hierarchy prior to that 2-1 success with officials making discreet checks on the player’s background and character.
The 21-year-old has a contract at United until 2020 with the Old Trafford club having the option to extend that by a further year.
The agreement of any new deal would be dependent on Rashford being convinced he could develop and thrive at his boyhood club, for whom he has started just five Premier League games this season and has yet to play 90 minutes in a central striking role.
Rashford has scored more goals for England this season (three) than his club (two), with Gareth Southgate using the youngster as one of the prongs in his attacking triumvirate.
The amount of game time given to Rashford by José Mourinho has come under scrutiny as well as the United manager’s handling of a player he described as being “sad” on the pitch during their come-from-behind 3-2 Premier League victory over Newcastle United in October.
Juventus’s interest is not only real, but serves to illustrate the calibre of club monitoring the progress of the homegrown talent who burst on to the scene in February 2016 with four goals in two matches.
Rashford’s team-mate, the goalkeeper David De Gea, has also been linked with Juventus as United are now seen as a club which could potentially provide rich pickings for their rivals.