The first was Alexis Sanchez, who they were pursuing from the previous summer itself, but the winter window saw the Red Devils come out on top, and the more recent was United’s acquisition of Fred, who was reportedly a City target first.
Now, the reigning Premier League champions could fear the interference of their rivals yet again in the winter window, as they eye a fresh signing.
As per a report in Goal, Manchester City have been actively pursuing Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Ruben Neves since this summer itself. The Portuguese international was next on City’s radar following their failure to bring Jorginho to the Etihad.
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However, the 21-year-old’s agent, Jorge Mendes, sided with the Wolves, citing the club’s recent promotion to the Premier League as the reason, a prior promise being kept. And now, the source claims that the Mendes connection is the very thing scaring City about the future of this deal, as the agent also represents United boss Jose Mourinho.
City’s earnest desire for an apt midfielder stems from the fact that Fernandinho is currently 33 years old, and a replacement is on the verge of being required.
Wolves are reported to want around £60 million for the starlet who has impressed thoroughly in the Premier League so far, showing a penchant for long balls in particular.
However, the report claims that the Cityzens don’t wish to hurry on signing a replacement and will be patient in case of the youngster.
But this may work against them, as United have been known to be swift in meeting their interests, and if the Old Trafford giants are indeed keen on the youngster, then City might as well kiss him goodbye.
This is a growing concern for the champions, as in addition to the Fred and Sanchez fiascos, they also lost out on Jorginho to Chelsea quite miserably after reportedly having agreed to a transfer with Napoli as well as personal terms.