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Manchester United’s transfer rivalry with Man City this January is set to add another chapter as both teams are about to go up against each other in the battle for Shaktar Donetsk midfielder Fred, according to the Daily Star.
Man United recently beat Pep Guardiola’s side to the signing of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal, prompting the Spanish manager to admit that he cannot compete with United for the most expensive players in the world.
However, after triggering the £57 million release clause of Aymeric Laporte yesterday, it’s expected that Fred’s valuation which has increased to £50 million is well within the Citizens range.
Man City is believed to be backing Guardiola in his bid for a quadruple and could bring their transfer budget forward to enable him strengthen his squad well enough for the second half of the season.
However, Jose Mourinho’s side have registered interest in the box to box midfielder as they look for a replacement for retiring Michael Carrick, and will look to go head to head with their across the city rivals for the Brazilian.
Arsenal and Tottenham were earlier interested when his valuation was around £30 million, but the increase in valuation now means it’s a straight fight between the two Manchester clubs.
City have already gotten a small victory back in the form of Aymeric Laporte, though it won’t be much of a victory as United didn’t make a move to follow up their interest in the defender, but Guardiola will want to win this current battle as both teams look to seal a deal for the Brazilian before transfer deadline tomorrow.
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