Manchester United could stare Liverpool for a player that both clubs want to pick up.
The two Northwestern teams have a heated rivalry, but the pair have not targeted the same players in the last couple of seasons. More often, United have struggled with closer rivals, Manchester City, for players in search of improving their squad.
Most recently, Cristiano Ronaldo was rumored to be a target for Eastlands clothing – before his former team came up with an offer on him instead.
According to Caught Offside (opens in new tab)says transfer guru Fabrizio Romano that United have an interest in Darwin Nunez – and that although the Benfica striker is close to moving to Anfield, Erik ten Hag will have a new striker and may be pursuing the player.
“Darwin Nunez is definitely another player who has been discussed internally since March and I understand the player would like a Premier League switch,” said Romano.
“As I revealed in my column last month, Man United will 100% sign a new striker (opens in new tab) this summer and it is highly likely that Nunez will leave Benfica.
“United certainly will not be alone in targeting him, as I understand Arsenal wanted him in January, while West Ham offered € 45 million on Deadline Day. This offer was rejected by Benfica and he would now cost something closer to a fee of € 70/80 million.
Nunez is valued at around £ 50m Transfer market (opens in new tab)
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New Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has spoken to the press as he takes control of the Red Devils. The 52-year-old has confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo will remain part of his plans heading into next season, while suggesting he may need patience to transform Old Trafford into his image.
There could be plenty of entries: Frenkie de Jong remains a key target of £ 67.5 million, while Raphinha from Leeds is on the radar. Jurrien Timber is a name that is strongly connected, while United are long-term admirers of Lazio man Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
An easy left-back potential purchase would be Christian Eriksen from Brentford, who is out of contract after the end of the season.