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Liverpool and Man Utd 'set for transfer bidding war' for $50m Premier League star

Nottingham Forest's Murillo gets away from Liverpool's Dominik Szoboszlai during a Premier League match at Anfield.
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Liverpool may look to buy a central defender this summer with the departure of Joël Matip imminent. The Cameroonian's contract is expiring at the end of June and the club decided against offering the 32-year-old a new deal after a season in which he suffered an ACL injury.

Jarell Quansah has made his presence known in Matip's place, to such an extent that the English youngster has earned a place in Gareth Southgate's provisional squad for Euro 2024. However that's not to say Liverpool won't dip into the market to buy a Matip replacement this summer.

With Virgil van Dijk also entering his mid-30s, the club does need to look to the future sooner than later, and one of the names being linked with a move to Anfield is Nottingham Forest defender Murillo.

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According to website Football Insider, Liverpool faces a battle with Manchester United to sign the player this summer, as Forest need to sell some first-team players this summer in order to meet the Premier League's profit and sustainability regulations.

According to the report, Murillo is valued at $50m (£40m/€46m), which would be a considerable profit for Forest as it bought him three years ago for $19m (£15m/€17m) from Brazilian side Corinthians. Murillo has been one of Forest's best players in recent years, and a bidding war between the two clubs could in theory drive up the asking price even higher.

Murillo made 32 appearances in the Premier League for Forest in 2023/24, as the Midlands side survived relegation by six points, finishing 17th in the table and just above Luton Town. He was an impressive performer and drew praise for his dribbles out from the back, which is something that Liverpool might want to replicate with Matip leaving.

Liverpool.com says: The question really is whether his ceiling is high enough or whether there might be a better option out there. Playing for Liverpool compared to Nottingham Forest, Murillo would have more chances to dribble forward and cause chaos but is he strong enough defensively to be a long-term defender for the Reds? He would also have to accept a lot more competition for minutes, though the return to the Champions League for Liverpool will mean more games.