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Liverpool ‘set their sights’ on delivering blow to Manchester United summer transfer plans

The rivals are both considering a move for an award-winning Serie A defender.

Manchester United could miss out on one of their key transfer targets, according to reports in Italy.

Incoming Red Devils manager Erik ten Hag is said to be keen to strengthen his defensive options with the likes of Eric Bailly and Phil Jones set to depart this summer.

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Eintracht Frankfurt centre-back Evan Ndicka and Borussia Dortmund star Manuel Akanji have both been linked with a move to Old Trafford during the close season.

But ten Hag has reportedly turned his attention towards Italy and is targeting one of Serie A’s most consistent performers in a bid to improve an inconsistent United backline.

Torino centre-back Gleison Bremer has produced a string of impressive displays throughout the season and has come to the attention of a number of clubs around Europe.

The likes of Bayern Munich, Inter Milan and Manchester City have all been linked with the 25-year-old, who was named as Serie A’s ‘Best Defender’ earlier this week.

However, Italian outlet Torino Granata has suggested Liverpool have ‘set their sights’ on the powerful centre-back and are preparing a bid of up to £25million in order to win the race for his services.

Premier League newcomers eye departing Red Devils midfielder

Fulham are reportedly targeting Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic as they prepare for life back in the Premier League.

The Cottagers secured promotion as Championship winners earlier this month after a 7-0 hammering of Luton Town took them clear of second placed Bournemouth.

According to The Sun, manager Marco Silva is keen to add some top flight experience to his midfielder and is ready to offer Matic an opportunity to remain in the Premier League.

The 33-year-old Serbian international is out of contract at the end of the season and has already confirmed he will bring an end to his second spell as a United player.

Communicating via his social media earlier this month, Matic said: “After a great deal of thought, I have decided that this season will be my last with Manchester United.

“I have informed the board, the manager and the players of my decision.  It has been a huge honour and a privilege to play for this great club. A big thank you to the fans for their unwavering support.

“I will now give everything until the end of the season to help my teammates finish as strongly as possible.”