Manchester United are favourites to beat Real Madrid and Arsenal for Rennes prospect Jeremy Helan.

"Nothing is settled so far," The 15 year-old's mother said. "My son has signed a pre-contract with Rennes and we called for a specialist to look at it. Jeremy is a stable boy and I cannot see any difference between living in Rennes or Manchester if you have a good entourage.

"I will spend several months and years beside him if needed and my son and I have talked with Alex Ferguson. Inter, Newcastle, Arsenal, Real Madrid and Ever-ton also contacted him. Money will not make his choice. To him, Manchester offers the best career path."