Manchester United looking to rival Liverpool for £35m transfer target

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Manchester United are looking to hijack Liverpool’s £35 million move for Benfica star Eduardo Salvio, reports the Daily Express.

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According to Record, via the Express, the Reds were set to agree a deal for the winger but have suffered a setback after it was revealed that the player needs surgery on a knee ligament injury. This could keep the 24-year-old out for up to two months, and it is unlikely the Reds will make a move until it it is confirmed that he is fully fit again.

This has left the door open to the Red Devils to potentially hijack the deal. However, it remains to be seen whether Louis van Gaal’s side will press for a move in light of the player’s injury concerns.

The recent example of Radamel Falcao, who previously faced similar injury concerns to those being experienced by Salvio, may dissuade the Dutch coach from taking a gamble on the Argentine. During his loan move from AS Monaco, the Colombian struggled to rediscover his pre-injury match sharpness, and was one of the flops of the season, managing only four goals in 26 Premier League outings.

Regardless of his fitness problems, Salvio may be a tempting prospect for United.

The wide man scored ten goals in 35 appearances for the Portuguese giants this season, and, along with new recruit Memphis Depay, could transfer United’s offensive menace.

Paris Saint-Germain are also believed to be keen on the forward, with Record acknowledging that the French champions are keeping tabs on the attacker.

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