Manchester United are reportedly preparing to battle it out with bitter rivals Liverpool for the summer signature of Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic.
The Daily Mirror claims that the Red Devils have renewed their interest in the Bosnian playmaker, having previously shown an interest in taking him to Old Trafford last summer.
That move had to be put on ice when the player put pen to paper on a contract extension running until 2018, but the 25-year-old has once again become a primary target for the next transfer window.
It leaves Liverpool’s own pursuit of Pjanic in danger and could have serious implications for their plans this summer, as they have earmarked him as the perfect replacement for outgoing talisman Steven Gerrard, who is leaving for MLS outfit LA Galaxy on a free transfer.
Should Pjanic slip through the Merseyside club’s fingers, head coach Brendan Rodgers will be forced into a rethink along with the rest of the Reds’ transfer committee.
United could also have the upper-hand because they are on course to secure qualification for the Champions League, while Liverpool have only an outside chance of finishing in the Premier League’s top four.