Liverpool 'make first move' over £15m United playmaker target - reports

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Liverpool are leading the race to sign Manchester United midfield target Gaston Ramirez, according to reports.

The Uruguayan international has been linked with a number of clubs across Europe, including Barcelona and Real Madrid, whilst English interest has never been far away from the 20-year-old.

And now Gazzetta dello Sport is reporting that Liverpool have ‘made the first move’ in the race to sign the Bologna playmaker, with Kenny Dalglish sounding out the Serie ‘A’ club in an effort to bring the player to Merseyside.

The Anfield outfit will be hoping their current crop of South American stars, including Luis Suarez and Sebastian Coates, will be able to persuade their compatriot that Liverpool is the place to be in England.

For Manchester United, the eight-cap international is one of a number of players in his position who have been linked with a move to Old Trafford.

Sir Alex Ferguson is thought to have a number of playmakers on his radar, with Wesley Sneijder and Mario Gotze mooted as possible January additions for the Red Devils.

Tom Cleverley was given the role for Manchester United following club legend Paul Scholes’ retirement in the summer, with the youngster making a bright start to the campaign following last season’s stint away on loan.

However, the youngster’s injury has coincided with a dip in-form for Manchester United, who have struggled to cover the loss.

The Scot is being tipped to raid the transfer market in 2012 to find a possible replacement, and the Manchester United boss has shown this season he’s not afraid to spend on youngsters following the summer additions of David de Gea and Phil Jones.

Dalglish has displayed the same philosophy following Jordan Henderson’s arrival in the summer, as well as Andy Carroll’s move to Liverpool for a record £35 million last January.

Ramirez would continue the philosophy, and at £15 million he is well within the budget of both clubs, with Liverpool owners FSG willing to fund more moves by their trusted manager.

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