The agent of Lacina Traore has revealed Manchester United are interested in the Anzhi striker.
Traore has survived Anzhi's summer firesale, though is expected to leave in January.
"In August my phone rang constantly. Luciano Spalletti wanted Traore at Zenit at all costs, but the club that came closest to taking it was Manchester United," Dmitry Selyuk told Tuttosport.
"The deal was well under way, but you must also understand that Suleiman Kerimov ... sold 12 players over the summer."
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