'In January': Ronaldo exit forces change of plans at Man United, opens a door for Liverpool
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'In January': Ronaldo exit forces change of plans at Man United, opens a door for Liverpool

Liverpool may benefit from Cristiano Ronaldo making an exit from Manchester Untied. The Reds reportedly eye Enzo Fernández.

Record reported earlier this month that Manchester United had a plan to sign Enzo Fernández. They see competition for the Argentine growing, with both Liverpool and Manchester City also eyeing him up.

Thus United planned to move for Fernández in January. They wanted to force other sides into changing their plans, jumping the queue to sign an incredibly highly-rated player.

Fernández, after all, is rated as the most valuable player outside of Europe’s top-five leagues. CIES Football Observatory believe he’s at around £52m, and United want to pounce while teams still ponder his true value.

Only, Cristiano Ronaldo just altered those plans.

Cristiano Ronaldo exit

As you may have heard, Ronaldo left United on Tuesday. He’s out by mutual consent, shaking things up at Old Trafford. Fabrizio Romano now believes there’s a change of plans.

“[The] plan was to invest in new striker in July but Man Utd are now already exploring the market to find a solution in January,” he wrote on Twitter.

United, then, will be putting their attention towards signing a new striker and we imagine that’s where their money goes. It was arguable that they should have prioritised the role anyway, but Ronaldo’s exit essentially forces them to.

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Thus Fernández can’t possibly be a priority move this January. Suddenly, their plan to move to the front of the queue is out the window – and perhaps Liverpool can take advantage.

We’re big fans of Fernández, even if his World Cup debut didn’t quite go to plan against Saudi Arabia. He’s an incredibly talented 21-year-old and possibly the best-possible signing outside of Jude Bellingham.

The big question is whether Liverpool can afford both. If there’s any chance of that, we think they should steal in on United and grab Fernández while their attention is elsewhere.

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