Transfer News: Liverpool preparing an opening bid for Manchester United target Luis Diaz
The Colombian ace turned many heads after giving an impressive performance in the Copa America tournament last year. The 24-year-old finished the competition as its top scorer alongside Lionel Messi and won the revelation of the Copa America title. The FC Porto star hasn’t been quiet since then as he already bagged 14 goals and five assists in 24 appearances across all competitions this season.
Diaz has attracted a lot of attention from top European sides due to his impressive display for Porto. Liverpool, Manchester United and Newcastle are all believed to be tracking the 24-year-old player’s situation. However, it seems the Reds would be the first side to make a move.
Previously it was said that Liverpool are preparing a £60million opening offer for the Columbian star. However, now it is believed that Jurgen Klopp’s team will also offer £7million in bonuses. Tat would take the offer to the region of £67million, which is Diaz’s release clause.
However, as Liverpool wouldn’t be paying the sum in one go, Porto would still have the final say over the transfer. Man United’s forwards have failed to provide consistent performance in this campaign and the attack has at times lacked imagination.
The Red Devils have been overly dependent on the services of Cristiano Ronaldo, and this has seen them struggle to break the deadlock at times. The Portuguese star and Edinson Cavani remain the best forward players in the Man United squad, which is a big concern given their advanced age.
Mason Greenwood has shown impressive potential but has failed to develop as a player this season. He now faces the risk of seeing his development stalled amidst a rather rocky season for the Red Devils.
Diaz can potentially solve United’s attacking problems. The Colombian has shown scintillating form in Portugal and has proved his worth against top defenders in European and international competitions. The Porto man is also just 24 and is yet to show off his peak.
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However, Liverpool seems to be aggressive in the race. Man United have to meet his release clause to see a deal through but in the long run, they might not regret going big on the South American ace.