Real Madrid have attempted to dissuade Manchester United from signing Federico Valverde by slapping a hefty £450million price tag on the midfielder.
The 21-year-old has enjoyed a breakout season for Los Blancos this campaign – and comparisons have even been made between him and Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard.
Boss Zinedine Zidane has been providing the young Uruguay international with first-team starts this season, having mostly come off the bench last campaign.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to solidify his side's midfield for next season, wanting particularly someone who can work well in conjunction with marquee January signing Bruno Fernandes, who has made a brilliant start to his United career so far.
But plans to sign Valverde has taken a stumble, according to Diario Madridista, who say that the Red Devils will need to match the player's release clause of €500m (£450m) to prise him away from the Santiago Bernabeu.
Should United offer that amount, it would smash the world record set by Neymar's transfer to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona for around £200million in 2017.
Though no one expects the north-west side to make such an offer, they are expected to make some big money moves for players this upcoming transfer window, as they look to build on this season, where they sit just outside the top four.
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