The most recent instance of this would be the signing of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal, with the Chilean initially touted to join Manchester City, before the Red Devils swooped in with a financially superior offer.
However, that might not be all for this winter window, and it appears that yet another target will be contested hotly by the Mancunian clubs.
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As per Express, United have entered the fray to sign Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk, and are willing to pay the requisite £50 million to secure his services before Wednesday’s deadline.
The major issue would be Manchester City, who have been heavily linked with the Brazilian for quite a while now, and will not seek to be trumped by their rivals yet again.
With Guardiola not having made a single major transfer so far this window, this is one swoop he will not be eager to miss out on after the Sanchez fiasco.
But here too, financial weight might reign supreme, as City, despite their financial stature, are apparently unwilling to splash too much of a cash for a single talent. This would certainly open up the doors for the Old Trafford outfit to make the transfer.
But it would be interesting to see how the 24-year-old will fit in the United squad, which is already well endowed in terms of attacking talent as well as youngsters seeking to make a concrete mark.
To add to that is the Jose Mourinho claim that the side might not have any more role to play in the few days left in the ongoing transfer window.
Regardless, the chance to spite their neighbors twice in the same month might be too good of an opportunity for the Reds to pass, and in less than a week, the record will be set clear.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
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