Manchester United and Liverpool appear set to go head-to-head in a transfer battle for Turkish winger Arda Turan.
The Daily Express cite speculation in the players homeland when claiming both the Red Devils and Reds recently sent scouts to watch the Atletico Madrid player in action ahead of the January transfer window.
And, the paper claims the duo are ready to activate the release clause in the player’s contract – believed to be €40million.
It’s not the first time Turan has been linked with a move to the Premier League, with agent Ahmet Bulut admitting last year that his client wants to play in England.
"A destination in the Premier League would be to the liking of the player and I can confirm there are clubs interested, like the two mentioned (Manchester United and Liverpool). He wants to work in England," he said last season.
David Moyes had a summer transfer window to forget after replacing Sir Alex Ferguson at the Manchester United helm, missing out on a number of high-profile targets.
The Scot is yet to put his own mark on the Red Devils despite the arrival of Marouane Fellaini, and securing Turan’s signature would be a step in that direction.
However, the Manchester United manager knows he won’t have things all his own way in the market, and can expect competition from close to home.
That comes from Liverpool, as Brendan Rodgers looks to build a side capable of challenging from the title.
The Reds have made a great start to the campaign, and currently sit second in the English top flight off the back of goals from Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez at Anfield.
Turan’s arrival could help maintain the flow of goals on Merseyside, and the 26-year-old isn’t averse to chipping in with a few either. He won't come cheap if Liverpool do get serious with their interest.