TalkSPORT journalist Alex Crooks has questioned reports coming out of Portugal that Manchester United have made a move for Benfica striker Darwin Nunez.
There were claims last week that the Red Devils had tabled a mammoth £90m offer for the Uruguayan international but Crooks says that, not only are those reports wide of the mark, Liverpool have emerged as major rivals for the player’s signature:
“Darwin Nunez, there is genuine interest from Manchester United, but a deal for him is not as close as has been suggested in the Portuguese media. I received a text message from a trustworthy source on Friday that Liverpool are genuinely contenders for him.”
The news that Liverpool are also seriously considering a bid for Nunez does complicate matters. The likes of Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham have all been mentioned as potential suitors in recent months but none have so far stepped up their interest.
If Jurgen Klopp’s side do, however, make an approach, it’s hard to see United winning the race, unless they are able to outbid their rivals. That could still, happen, though. The Merseysiders are thought to be waiting to sell Sadio Mane in order to fund their move for Nunez, but if they don’t receive the fee they are demanding for the Senegalese international, it may limit their spending when it comes to Nunez.