LIVERPOOL’s chances of signing Porto star Luis Diaz this month were greatly blown.
And Manchester United It’s now possible to rob a chase – along with some of Europe’s biggest parties.
Diaz, 24, has a £67million release clause but Liverpool are confident they can entice him for significantly less.
But SunSport understands that after PortoDeciding to let two key players leave the club this month, they will not budge unless the release clause is met.
Winger Jesus Manuel Corona has left the Portuguese giants for Sevilla for £2.5m while midfielder Sergio Oliveira joins Roma for a loan fee of £1m with an option to buy for around 12 million pounds.
Porto are now desperate not to lose a third big name unless they are forced to accept a release clause so they can afford to replace him.
However, Liverpool are not willing to take that risk this month, and would rather wait until the summer to assess their options before launching Diaz.
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However, their decision to wait could be their downfall as rivals Man Utd are keeping a close eye on one of Europe’s biggest talents.
SunSport understands that a United scout recently went to a Porto match to watch Diaz, but they were not the only club represented.
Recruiters from Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Saint-Etienne, Rennes, Real Sociedad and Sassuolo were also present.
Diaz currently has 14 goals in 18 league games, as well as two goals in six Champions League appearances.
He created 11 goals and six assists in all competitions for Porto last season before brilliantly winning the Copa America last summer.
He finished the competition with four goals – co-scorer alongside Argentina’s Lionel Messi.
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https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/17435212/man-utd-transfer-luis-diaz-porto-liverpool/ Man Utd could hijack Liverpool’s Luis Diaz transfer with Porto unwilling to handle the £67m winger’s discount deal