He has played 21 times for Atalanta so far this season and has scored eight goals, having moved to the club on loan from Benfica.
The Bergamo side can sign him permanently for a fee of around €4 million but may choose to cash in on him immediately with the promise of making a huge profit.
“So many people tell me: ‘The Premier League is the perfect place for you,’ and I agree with them. It’s physical, there’s a lot of tackling and open football. I can really see myself there,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
United, however, are not the only English side to have watched the former AC Milan youngster.
“I was told at the end of a youth tournament that there were some Chelsea scouts there to watch me,” he said.
“The Premier League was a dream then and it’s still a dream now, just as I hope it will be a reality in future, although I don’t know when.
“Everything has its right moment. It’s one thing being attracted to a spell abroad when you are 19 years old, such as when I went to Benfica and realised I had to start all over again, but it’s another when you are no longer a kid and have already made your mark.”