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Manchester United spending to reach £104.9m: LVG to activate buy-out clause to sign Liverpool target

LVG eyes another huge signing.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal could take the club’s spending over the £100m mark for the second summer in a row as the club close in on a move to sign Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke.

The Red Devils are keen to beat Liverpool to the Belgian international’s signature, and will now meet his release clause of £32.5m to bring him to Old Trafford, according to The Sun.

The 24-year-old caught the eye with some fine goalscoring form last season, and he looks the ideal player to help replace departing duo Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie.

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United will also be pleased to land one of their rivals’ top targets, with Benteke being identified by Liverpool as a priority to help them replace Raheem Sterling after his move to Manchester City.

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