Manchester United boss, Jose Mourinho, has handed a list of one player to the club's board.
The Portuguese has told the club to beat Chelsea to signing of West Ham youngster, Declan Rice, according Daily Star.
The 19-year-old has become a first-team regular under Manuel Pellegrini, lining up in a central midfield.
According to the newspaper, Mourinho has been hugely impressed by Rice's performances.
The Portuguese wants more cover and competition in midfield.
United's summer signing Fred has been a disappointment, while Nemanja Matic is struggling for form.
United would face significant competition from Chelsea for his signature with the Blues keen to re-sign a player they released at the age of 14.
The west Londoners would be prepared to offer Rice a deal worth £40,000-a-week as Maurizio Sarri looks to strengthen his engine room.