Manchester Clubs To Battle It Out For World-Class Player

Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho at the end of the match.

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Manchester City appear set to battle their local neighbours for the services of Bayern Munich star Jerome Boateng.

The German international is eager to seek new pastures by parting ways with Bayern Munich, and the Bundesliga club is reportedly prepared to let the defender leave for a fee in the region of £53 million.

Manchester United have since been linked with a move for the 29-year-old, as the Red Devils continue to face a defensive crisis, and are eager to bring in top-class reinforcements.

Despite having signed the likes of Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof, Jose Mourinho remains unsatisfied with his current central options. Therefore, he has been on the lookout for an apt candidate in the market, but is far from sealing any deal yet.

The Old Trafford outfit was consistently linked with signing Tottenham centre-back Toby Alderweireld. But with the London club playing hardball and demanding a hefty fee of £70m, United seem to have turned their attention towards Boateng instead.

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But now, as per the latest report from Bild (via Manchester Evening News), Manchester United are set to face major competition for the signature of the Bayern superstar, in the form of their noisy neighbours Manchester City.

Pep Guardiola is supposedly keen to reunite with Boateng, having previously worked with the player in Bavaria for three seasons.

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The Spaniard intends to bring the experienced figure back to the Etihad, thereby giving Boateng another shot at making it with Manchester City, after having flopped at the club during his previous spell.

The two Mancunian clubs have battled on and off the pitch on several occasions, and it will be interesting to see which powerhouse comes out on top this time around.

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