Manchester United are poised to hold a meeting with Darwin Nunez’s agent Jorge Mendes to see if they can hijack the striker’s expected move to Liverpool.
Reports in Portugal have claimed a deal has already been agreed between Benfica and the Red devils to take the Uruguayan centre-forward to Merseyside for a fee that could reach up to a club-record £85m.
Nunez has attracted interest from multiple major clubs after a 34-goal season in Portugal and Liverpool want him to replace Sadio Mane, who looks set to join Bayern Munich.
Man Utd are another club who have been keen on the 22-year-old as Erik ten Hag looks to rejuvenate the Red Devils’ squad before his debut campaign.
It looks as though Liverpool have stolen a march on their arch-rivals however and Nunez is keen on a move to Anfield.
The Athletic claim he has verbally agreed personal terms. But with the Merseyside club unwilling to get involved in a bidding war, it has been claimed United will launch a last-minute effort to prevent Nunez joining Liverpool.
Portuguese football expert Pedro Sepulveda told Sky Sports News on Thursday: “There are another two English clubs that are interested in Nunez, Newcastle and Manchester United.