Manchester United are ready to rival Liverpool in the race to sign highly-rated FC Porto winger Luis Diaz, in a bid to strengthen their attacking options.
That is according to a report by Portuguese newspaper A Bola, which claims that United are ready to launch a big-money offer to try and lure the Colombian to Old Trafford.
The 24-year-old winger, who operates down the left, has been in excellent form for Porto this season, scoring 15 goals and grabbing six assists in 25 appearances in all competitions.
His form, according to the report, has alerted the attentions of several big-name European clubs and United are now being closely linked with a move for his services, so much so that prepared to ‘pay big’ to secure his signature.
Diaz, who joined Porto in 2019, has a £67million release clause in his contract and Porto have no chance of keeping holding of him if it is triggered in this month’s January transfer window, even though they are determined to keep hold of him until the summer at least.
Diaz has gone from strength-to-strength in recent months and was the joint top-scorer at the Copa America last summer, hitting four goals alongside Argentina star Lionel Messi.
In 122 appearances for Porto, the winger has scored 40 times and claimed 19 assists.
Amad, who was an unused substitute in United’s FA Cup triumph over Aston Villa on Monday evening, has been closely linked with a collection of Championship clubs in the last few days, as he looks set to leave Old Trafford on a temporary basis in pursuit of more regular first-team football.
The winger was poised to leave United towards the end of the summer transfer window and join Dutch outfit Feyenoord on a season-long loan deal, but a last-minute injury blow saw the deal collapse.
However, having now worked his way back to full fitness and opportunities at Old Trafford not proving to be forthcoming, Amad is poised to head out on loan for the remainder of the season.
A whole host of clubs have been linked with the former Atalanta man and Derby manager Rooney is hopeful that his strong ties with United will see him win the race for his signature.
The Rams, who are currently fighting relegation, are under a transfer embargo at the moment, but they can still sign players on loan deals.