Raul Meireles was omitted from FC Porto’s Europa League victory over Genk as speculation of a move to Manchester United grows.
Meireles has been linked with a number of clubs, including United and Chelsea, and the Portuguese side have decided not to risk losing out on money by cup-tying him.
Sir Alex Ferguson was reported to have been interested on Mesut Ozil, but the German decided to join Real Madrid instead, according to Portuguese newspaper A Bola.
And now the Red Devils will move for Meireles instead, after seeking a recommendation from former assistant manager Carlos Queiroz.
Queiroz, now Portugal’s head coach, still keeps in touch with Fergie and is likely to give the 27-year-old a glowing reference.
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