Liverpool have opened dialogue about a move for Benfica’s Darwin Nunez as they look at options to replace Sadio Mane, who has been the subject of a second failed bid from Bayern Munich, 90min understands.

90min has been told that Liverpool already have a list of targets who they would move for if they lost key members of their squad, Mane included.

And one of those on Liverpool’s list is understood to be Nunez, who Benfica are ready to sell this summer.

Manchester United are continuing to lead the race and have held extensive talks with Jorge Mendes – who is handling Nunez’s transfer – and while Liverpool have made their interest known, they have also made it clear to the Portuguese agent and Benfica that they will not be drawn into a bidding war.

Liverpool are believed to want a player who can play centrally – like Mane has been doing on a regular basis in recent times – and Nunez is a player they have been following for much of the last 12 months.

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