Steven Defour would turn down a move to Liverpool in order to keep alive his dream of playing for Manchester United, Goal.com UK can reveal.
The Standard Liege midfielder is being chased by a number of clubs across Europe and United have been leading the pack for the last two years.
Liverpool are one of the other clubs to have expressed an interest in the 22-year-old, who would fit into the new owners' strategy of buying young and talented players.
“There are many big clubs interested in Steven but he does not want to play for Liverpool at this moment,” a source close to the player told Goal.com UK.
“For the last two years Manchester United has been his number one choice and if he plays for Liverpool he is unlikely to fulfil that dream because of the rivalry between the teams.
“He would love to play under [Sir Alex] Ferguson and there may not be another chance if his next move is not to Manchester.