Man Utd identified Liverpool midfielder as a long-term replacement for Michael Carrick

Manchester United are set to spark a transfer war with Liverpool after joining the race for midfielder Emre Can, according to TalkSport.

Can’s contract expires next summer and, despite opening negotiations over a new deal some time ago, it’s thought the 23-year-old wants to assess his options before committing to a longer stay at Anfield.

Juventus have been strongly linked with a move for the German international, but it now appears that Liverpool’s bitter rivals United are also in the hunt for his signature.

Jose Mourinho apparently sees Can as the ideal long-term replacement for Michael Carrick, who is expected to retire at the end of the season.