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Manchester United rival Liverpool & Chelsea to sign Belgian powerhouse

United step up pursuit of world class Belgian.

Manchester United look set to rival the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea for the signing of Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke this summer, according to reports.

The Red Devils are keen to bring in a big name up front, with Robin van Persie leaving for Fenerbahce and Radamel Falcao not extending his stay with the club after a failed loan move last season.

According to the Metro, United have identified Benteke, with his £32.5m release clause, as the most realistic target for the club this summer, with the likes of Thomas Muller and Edinson Cavani perhaps too expensive.

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Liverpool are also known to be keen on the Belgian international, but may be concerned about paying his buy-out clause, while Chelsea’s interest may have cooled after bringing in Falcao on loan.

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