Manchester United are increasingly confident of landing Atletico Madrid star Saul Niguez at the expense of fierce rivals Liverpool, according to the Daily Star.
The 25-year-old played a starring role as Los Rojiblancos dumped holders Liverpool out of the Champions League earlier this month.
He netted the only goal of the game as Atletico beat Liverpool 1-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano and was equally impressive during the return leg at Anfield.
United could be on the lookout for a midfielder with Paul Pogba’s future uncertain at the moment.
Atletico want £100 million for their central midfield maestro and Liverpool had hoped to win the race for his signature.
The 19-cap Spain international has proved a versatile performer for Atletico during his time at the club.
This season he has operated as a central midfielder and in a left midfield role, whilst also filling in at left-back.
During his time with the club, he has made 286 appearances and is almost certain to play for a club even bigger than Atletico at some point.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows that he must start delivering title challenges at United sooner rather than later.
He has a good core of young players and the arrival of Bruno Fernandes has certainly improved them already.
Liverpool will also be strengthening in the summer, however. The challenge for Jurgen Klopp is to ensure that their dominance remains next season.
At the moment, the Reds are 25 points clear of Manchester City and are just two wins away from their first title.
Adding the Atletico star would be a quality signing but the lure of the United project could prove too strong for the midfielder.