Manchester United and Liverpool are monitoring Benfica star Eduardo Salvio’s contract talks with his current club, and could be ready to move should they go awry.
According to the Daily Mirror both Premier League sides are interested in the winger and are waiting to see how his ongoing contract negotiations develop, with his agent having discussed matters with Benfica on Sunday and Monday.
The main sticking point of his potential extension at the Estadio da Luz is centred around the fact that he wants his release clause lowering from the €60 million it currently stands at. Obviously that figure puts him beyond the reach of any of his suitors, implying that he is considering an exit in the future.
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Though as of yet it’s unclear how the talks yesterday regarding Salvio’s future went, but it’s with little doubt that one can assume the situation is yet to be clarified. The Argentina international has been with Benfica for almost three years, and if his ambition matches his obvious ability then it won’t be too long before he’s seeking an exit.
Based on the evidence that might well be next year, providing Benfica cave to his demands and lower his release clause. Depending on the new figure a move to England might be far more feasible, with both United and Liverpool having money to spend.
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Thanks to their new sponsorship deal with Adidas the Red Devils won’t be short on cash anytime soon, and Louis van Gaal will almost definitely move to improve his squad this summer, regardless of whereabouts they finish.
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Meanwhile Liverpool have found their feet after struggling in the immediate aftermath of Luis Suarez’s Anfield departure, and Brendan Rodgers is facing another period of transition what with Steven Gerrard leaving his side.
Given United’s surplus of attacking players one would assume that Salvio will have more chance of becoming a first-team hit with Liverpool. The Reds could be busy searching for a replacement for Raheem Sterling should the England international be poached by Real Madrid - admittedly that looks unlikely now - and even if they’re not Rodgers might deem it necessary to bolster his attacking line-up.
As for United they’re far more likely to be focusing on replacing Radamel Falcao. Recent rumours have it said that even Robin van Persie’s position isn’t completely safe, though that could change if he finished the season with a flourish.
Liverpool fans, United fans, do you think Eduardo Salvio would be a decent addition to your respective lineups? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below...