Manchester United reportedly approached Benfica to try and strike a deal for Liverpool’s new signing Darwin Nunez.
However, the Red Devils saw a meeting cancelled after Benfica president Rui Costa was struck down with food poisioning.
Nunez emerged as one of Europe’s hottest prospects after dazzling for the Portuguese club in the Champions League and the Primeira Liga.
Liverpool eventually sealed what could become a club-record £85million deal to bring the Uruguayan forward to Anfield.
However, before the 22-year-old starred against his new club in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, Premier League interest was already mounting.
According to The Athletic, West Ham saw a £45m offer rejected, with Benfica keen to see how the Champions League knockout stages would affect Nunez’s price tag.
It is understood Man United also had a meeting arranged with the Portuguese club, but president Costa had to cancel due to illness.
Costa said he and his family suffered food poisoning while celebrating his birthday in March, three months before Liverpool swooped in.
The Red Devils were reluctant to re-enter negotiations, with suggestions the postponement was viewed as a deliberate snub.
Their misfortune is more regrettable given new manager Erik ten Hag in thought to be a big fan of Nunez following his performances against Ajax in the Champions League.
United are still yet to make a statement signing for their new boss, despite the arrival of Erling Haaland at Man City and Nunez at Liverpool.
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