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Man Utd ‘keen on £50m signing’ but Liverpool Set to hijack deal for Luis Diaz reunion

 

Manchester United are reportedly interested in signing Porto midfielder Otavio. However, Liverpool are also keen on the 27-year-old and could do business with the Portuguese club again following the signing of Luis Diaz in January.

United are set to embark on a busy summer transfer window. Erik ten Hag is in Manchester preparing to replace Ralf Rangnick as the club’s permanent manager at the end of the season.

Unsurprisingly there has been a long list of players linked with a move to Old Trafford. Portuguese outlet A Bola claims Otavio is a target for United ahead of next season.

However, Liverpool are also interested in the player, as are Newcastle. Otavio has a release clause in his Porto contract of around £50million.

Liverpool beat United 9-0 across their two meetings in the Premier League this season and could have the advantage in this deal. They would be able to offer Champions League football, with United not yet sure if they will be in the Europa League or Europa Conference League next term.

Otavio joined Porto in 2014 but only became a regular from the 2018/19 season onwards. He has three goals and 11 assists to his name in Liga NOS this season and has been instrumental in Porto winning the title.
United’s need for new midfielders appears to be greater than that of Liverpool’s. Nemanja Matic will leave the club at the end of his contract and Paul Pogba is likely to follow suit.

However, the idea of playing with Diaz again at Liverpool could be attractive to Otavio. Diaz played alongside the midfielder for his two-and-a-half years at Porto.

Diaz has had a fine start to life in the Premier League. The 25-year-old has six goals to his name for Liverpool as the Reds aim to win an unprecedented quadruple this season.

Diaz was a star performer in the Carabao Cup final win over Chelsea in February. He was then named man of the match in the FA Cup win victory over the same opponents last Saturday.

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