Manchester United are planning to swoop for teenage Valencia midfielder Fran Villalba, according to reports in Spain.

Red Devils plot young Spaniard swoop

Red Devils plot young Spaniard swoop

Villalba is a product of the Valencia academy and was handed his senior debut by United legend Gary Neville during his ill-fated spell in charge last season.

However, the 18-year-old has failed to kick on this term and recently lost his place in the starting XI for Valencia's B Team.

Spanish newspaper El Desmarque claim United are looking to take advantage and are planning a January move for Villalba, who is under contract with Valencia until June 2021.

The report says the teenager has a buy-out clause of just £3.6million and that he could be interested in a move abroad.

Villalba will reportedly be placed in United's academy with the view to developing him into a future first-team player.

But United may face competition for the teenager's signature with Barcelona also credited with an interest in the midfielder.