.Manchester United have been told they may face competition if they wish to continue their reported pursuit of Valencia midfielder Ever Benega.
The 25-year-old found himself linked with a move to Old Trafford at the beginning of the month after his agent indicated a change in clubs during the January transfer window was a possibiliy, following suggestions the player had been encouraged to seek a move by Argentina national team coach Alejandro Sabella.
The Premier League champions have remained linked with a number of midfielders having failed in their bids to sign Cesc Fabregas, Ander Herrera and Sami Khedira during the summer transfer window.
And while reports have suggested that both United and Southampton remain open to the possibility of signing Banega, the midfielder's agent has indicated his client has also garnered the attention of a number of European teams.
"I have not met the president of Valencia," Banega's agent Marcelo Sinonian was quoted as saying by talkSPORT.
"There are several European teams interested in him, but first I will have to inform the owner of the Spanish club and then Ever. At the moment I do not know how much he would cost."
While United did manage to secure the services of Marouane Fellaini on transfer deadline day, questions remain over the quality in depth in David Moyes' current midfield options. The club actively sought to strengthen those options in the summer but saw a string of bids rejected by clubs unwilling to settle for United's offers.
United were close to securing another deadline deal for Athletic Bilbao's Herrera on deadline day and although there have been suggestions stating Moyes will re-launch efforts to sign the Spaniard in the New Year, the Basque club would appear confident of holding onto the 24-year-old.
"I don't know what other teams will do, but I consider the Herrera issue to be closed," Bilbao club president Josu Urrutia said, speaking last month.
"Ander has a contract until 2016. All players have to focus on giving Athletic all you can give."