Reports have claimed Manchester United are challenging Liverpool for Benfica midfielder Eduardo Salvio, according to the Record.
Salvio has undergone scans showing he needs surgery on a knee ligament injury that could keep him sidelined for up to two months.
That means that Liverpool are unlikely to push ahead with a deal until they know the full severity of the problem and make sure the player is back to full fitness.
And that leaves the door open for United to get back into the race.
United are hopeful of pulling off a deal for Salvio despite the player being in talks with Liverpool.