City And United In Battle To Sign PSG Superstar

Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar celebrates scoring their third goal with Kylian Mbappe.

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The last time Manchester United faced stiff competition from their local rivals to sign a player, they ended up winning the fight, luring Alexis Sanchez to Old Trafford from Arsenal in a dramatic swoop.

That may have been a moral victory at best for them, however, as Manchester City went on to comprehensively win the Premier League title.

Now, it appears (via Mirror) that the two big clubs may be locking horns in transfer battle again, and it promises to be a riveting encounter.

French giants Paris Saint-Germain may have broken the transfer record while signing Neymar from Barcelona last year, but it came at a price. Not just the £198m they actually spent on the Brazilian, but also the fact that they may have violated the Financial Fair Play rules.

This problem was compounded when the club revealed that they had permanently signed Kylian Mbappe for £166m this summer, after his successful spell on loan with the Parisians from Monaco.

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With officials now on their back, the worst case scenario for PSG will be missing out on the Champions League if found guilty, and if their deal with Monaco is found tainted, the player may well be offloaded.

This is where the two Manchester clubs will enter the game, and may well be willing to pick up the scraps and perhaps even sign a very talented 19-year-old in Mbappe, who became the youngest Frenchman to score a World Cup goal this past week.

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It is also being said that if Manchester United want to sign the teenager, they will have to pay £86m to bring him in, and could be forced to part ways with wantaway winger Anthony Martial in the process.

With City in the race too, it will be interesting to see how this deal progresses, and whether or not the sanctions are actually imposed on PSG in the first place.

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