Leicester have already been linked with the 23-year-old, and are believed to have had a £15m offer rejected by the Russian club as they look to hold out for a fee of at least £18.9m.
But The Express reports that United are showing interest in Musa ahead of Monday’s January transfer window deadline, and they could launch a bid over the weekend to try and snatch the striker out of the grasp of the Premier League leaders.
Musa has scored 10 goals this season, and his arrival would give United manager Louis van Gaal more options in attack, given that the club have scored the least number of goals this season from the current top eight.
Liverpool meanwhile are believed to be considering a move for Udinese midfielder Piotr Zielinski, although the Reds could be forced to wait until the summer before agreeing a move for the 21-year-old Poland international.
The Mirror is reporting that Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp is ready to go ahead with an £11m bid for Zielinski, who is currently on loan with fellow Serie A club Empoli, but the player is believed to favour delaying any move away from the club until the summer in order to maximise his chances of playing for Poland at Euro 2016.
Big January transfers that may go through this week
Big January transfers that may go through this week
1/6 Loic Remy - Chelsea to Leicester City, £11.5m
The ex-QPR and Newcastle striker look set to be on his way out of Stamford Bridge. The signing of Brazillian forward Alexandre Pato means that the French international is now considered surplus to requirements at the champions. Whilst Newcastle and Crystal Palace has been interested in the player he now looks set to be heading to high-flying Leicester City. An £11.5m bid from Claudio Ranieri is expected to mean that Remy will join Jamie Vardy and Riyah Mahrez at the King Power stadium.
2/6 Alex Teixeira - Shakhtar Donetsk to Liverpool, £30m
Jurgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, is in the midst of an injury crisis at Anfield with Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings and Divock Origi all out. January is a notoriously challenging time to do business of this magnitude so the Reds’ offer for Shakhtar Donetsk forward Alex Teixeira should be commended. Scoring 15 goals in just 22 appearances for the Ukrainian outfit, Liverpool have already failed with two offers, worth £24.5m and £28m respectively, as the transfer window hurtles along. Expect Klopp to go in with a late bid before deadline day.
3/6 Mathieu Debuchy - Arsenal to Sunderland or Aston Villa, six-month loan
Sunderland have reportedly joined fellow Premier League strugglers Aston Villa in the race to sign Mathieu Debuchy. The Arsenal full-back has fallen out-of-favour at the Emirates this season and will be allowed to leave on loan if the Gunners receive a financial package which matches their valuation. Remi Garde, the Villa manager, has pursued Debuchy’s signature all month but has been frustrated with the lack of progress made.
4/6 Saido Berahino - West Brom to Newcastle or Tottenham, £23m
The unsettled West Bromwich Albion striker is stirring for a move away from the Hawthorns. Tottenham had two bids rejected for the forward in the Summer but are yet to move in for the former England Under 21s man. Whilst Spurs may move late on deadline day to secure a deal they could also face competition from Newcastle. Steve McClaren is thought to be interested in bringing Berahino to the club to form an English triumvirate with Jonjo Shelvey and Andros Townsend. However, Albion chairman Jeremy Peace is thought to be unwilling to sell to a relegation rival.
5/6 Eder - Sampdoria to Leicester City, £10m
Leicester City have been linked with a £10m move for Sampdoria and Italy striker Éder as manager Claudio Ranieri looks for a new forward to spearhead their title challenge. The Foxes are three points clear atop of the Premier League table following the 3-0 demolition of Stoke City on Saturday, but recently offloaded Andrej Kramarić on loan to Hoffenheim for the rest of the season. Sky Sports Italia report Leicester are prepared to meet Sampdoria’s valuation for the 29-year-old, who has scored twice in eight appearances for the Azzurri.
6/6 Renato Sanches - Benfica to Manchester United, £30m
The name of Benfica midfielder Renato Sanches has dominated most of Manchester United's transfer talk in the window's closing stages. The youngster has a £60million release clause but the Portuguese club may be willing to strike a deal for half that amount.
Despite reports that Chelsea will not allow defender Gary Cahill to leave, Italian side Roma are interested in his services and could launch a late bid to try and test the Blues’ resolve, reports the Evening Standard. Chelsea are reluctant to sell Cahill given the lack of time remaining in the transfer window to sign a replacement, even though they are on the verge of signing United States international defender Matt Miazga.
The Blues are also expected to complete the loan move for Corinthians striker Alexandre Pato later today, although the switch was delayed by negotiations over a loan fee.
Manchester City have been handed a boost in their hope of being able to sign Barcelona forward Neymar after the Brazilian admitted he would “love” to play for manager Pep Guardiola, with the Spaniard widely expected to replace Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad Stadium in the summer.
Neymar is wanted by both City and United, and his future remains uncertain with contract extension talks yet to reach a conclusion with the Catalan club. However, former Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizzareta claimed this week that Neymar is “very, very, very happy at Barca”.
Finally Newcastle are ready to shelf plans to sign West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino despite being prepared to offer over £20m for the 22-year-old striker, who is also wanted by Tottenham. The Newcastle Chronicle reports that West Brom’s lack of encouragement over negotiations have put them off making an offer, while The Telegraph adds that the Magpies will now target Chelsea striker Loic Remy instead with the France international struggling for games at Stamford Bridge.