Manchester United & Liverpool target Pardo set for £30m price tag

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Manchester United and Liverpool look as if they will have to part with £30 million if they are to have any hope of signing Ruben Pardo.

According to reports from talkSPORT, Real Sociedad - evidently keen to ensure that they will not lose one of their best players without significant financial compensation - are set to award the midfielder a new deal until 2019 that includes a buy-out clause worth that aforementioned amount.

Whether Manchester United or Liverpool - who have both been linked with the 21-year-old starlet in recent weeks - would be willing to pay such a fee to land Pardo remains to be seen, but at first glance it certainly seems somewhat of an extravagant price tag for a player of such limited experience at the highest level.

However, there is certainly no doubt that he appears to possess a lot of potential. Having established himself as a key member of the first-team setup at Anoeta, Pardo has also impressed at youth-team level with his native Spain.

Heading into what is sure to be a busy transfer window, Manchester United - who have endured a tricky first season with David Moyes at the helm - would appear to have a considerable need for at least one new central midfielder.

With the club having already been extensively linked with a deal to sign Sporting Lisbon's William Carvalho, it would appear that Moyes could be looking to reinvigorate his ailing his squad with the additions of younger players who are capable of replacing a number of the disappointing older guard.

Liverpool, meanwhile, have enjoyed a lot of success this season after converting long-serving captain Steven Gerrard into a holding midfielder. And while the likes of Brazilian teammate Lucas Leiva is certainly a capable back-up, there is surely no doubt that Brendan Rodgers will be looking to bring several new faces to Anfield this summer to ensure that his squad are strong enough to compete sufficiently in the Champions League group stages.

But while both teams are said to be interested in Pardo, it must be considered doubtful that they would be willing to match that £30 million clause.

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