Manchester United seem to sense an opportunity to snatch Chelsea target Matthijs de Ligt from under their nose, reports would suggest.
The Dutch centre-back could be one of the hottest commodities on the market come the summer window. His contract will have just two years left on it, and it seems Juventus would be willing to cash in on him if they receive the right price.
Previous indications placed that figure at £67m. That is a £37m discount on the release clause in his current deal.
Of course, that has peaked the interest of the Stamford Bridge hierarchy. They could be desperate for defenders for next season.
The Blues are still yet to tie down Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta past the end of this campaign.
However, it now seems their Premier League rivals have also joined the race. Calciomercato claim three clubs are interested.
It is the trio of ‘Barcelona, United and above all Bayern Munich’, who would like him to replace the outgoing Niklas Sule.
Sule, who has announced he’ll be leaving when his contract is up at the end of the season, is another target of Chelsea’s.
The Red Devils could clash heads with Thomas Tuchel’s side on more than just De Ligt this summer.
They will likely be in the market for centre-backs with Phil Jones and Eric Bailly set to depart. That will leave them with just Raphael Varane, Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof.
And the pair have also both locked on to Barcelona’s Ronald Araujo. It seems they could be set for a war in the next window.
De Ligt will be a tough nut to crack, though. As well as having a number of sides after him, he is represented by notorious super-agent Mino Raiola.
Rangnick reacts to Man Utd shock
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Meanwhile, United boss Ralf Rangnick believes his team should have been 2-0 or 3-0 up before Middlesbrough equalised in their shock FA Cup defeat at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils had plenty of chances early on but only converted one, through winger Jadon Sancho. That came after Cristiano Ronaldo had surprisingly dragged a penalty wide.
After the match, Rangnick said (via BBC…