Man Utd handed boost in their pursuit of 6 ft 2 defensive rock

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Liverpool have reportedly decided to end their interest in securing the services of Ajax centre-back Matthijs de Ligt who has been also emerged as a shock transfer target for Manchester United and Barcelona.

The Merseyside Reds have been one of a number of teams rumoured with the defender who will depart from the Dutch giants in the upcoming summer transfer window.

However, according to the Daily Mail, Liverpool head-coach Jurgen Klopp has opted to prioritise strengthening some other areas ahead of the next season.

The report suggested that the German wants to secure services of a new defender at the left flank and versatile striker, while a replacement may also be required for Mignolet who is likely to leave the club in the summer with Bournemouth, Watford and Wolves are eyeing move for his signature.

Liverpool currently have four centre-backs, although De Ligt could have been brought in to as a replacement for Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip.

The news will come as a huge boost for both Manchester United and Barcelona as they have tried to secure services of talented Dutchman since the January transfer window.

Meanwhile, Manchester United will reportedly try to secure services of Everton midfield destroyer Idrissa Gueye in the summer.

The Red Devils midfielder Ander Herrera has confirmed on Saturday that his time at Old Trafford has came to the end and will leave the team on a free transfer after the end of the 2018/19 season, while Paul Pogba continues to be rumoured with a switch to La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Man Utd also did not replace Fellaini who left the club in January, meaning that the English giants are expected to secure services of a new midfielder in the summer and departure of Hererra has made it clear that signing a quality midfielder will be their no.1 option in the upcoming transfer window.