Manchester United are ready to rival Liverpool in the race to sign Southampton midfielder Romeo Lavia.
Liverpool have seen two offers rejected for the Belgian teenager, who impressed during a breakthrough season at Southampton despite the club’s relegation from the Premier League.
Jurgen Klopp is keen to add at least one defensive midfielder to his squad following the sales of Fabinho and Jordan Henderson this summer, but the Reds have so far failed to meet Southampton’s asking price of around £50m.
Lavia has also been linked with Arsenal and Chelsea, each of who remain in the market for midfielders this summer but are considering multiple options.
Liverpool will be concerned amid reports of rival interest from Manchester United, having seen their midfield options depleted following a number of outgoings this summer.
The exits of Henderson and Fabinho to The Saudi Pro League have left the club without a recognised defensive midfielder, ahead of their Premier League opener at Chelsea on August 13.