Manchester rivals City and United are both in the hunt for the services of Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele in the summer transfer window, according to the Sun.
They report that Pep Guardiola has made the powerhouse his top midfield target as he looks to fill the void that will soon be left by the ageing legs of Fernandinho.
City are reportedly ready to pay £70m to bring him to the Etihad but there is interest from across town at Old Trafford, but it is of course still unclear who will be United’s new manager at the start of next season.
Everton were linked by the Daily Star with a swoop for Ndombele – who shone against City in this season’s Champions League – last month.
And while poaching a player from Ligue 1 may have been a reasonably smart transfer ploy, the presence of England’s two richest clubs in the bidding war is a major blow for Marco Silva’s men.
If they want Ndombele, the figures that the Manchester clubs can offer will be nigh on impossible to top and even if they can convince him to come with the promise of greater gametime and being a bigger fish in a slightly smaller pond, it is likely to see them need to break their transfer record.