Man City and Manchester United are renowned rivals, albeit of a shorter duration given that the Sky Blues have only recently risen to the limelight.
However, as City continues to tramp upon their more illustrious rivals on the pitch, the one field where they seem to be evenly matched is in completing transfers.
The Mancunian sides have emerged as big spenders, City by its nature, and United through a desperate attempt (or six) at success since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson.
Over the past few windows, the two sides have been reportedly engaged in battles over the same players, with Fred and Alexis Sanchez being the obvious names that the Red Devils won over. Now, this window’s potential big transfer battle may have fizzled out even before it started.
As per BBC’s Simon Stone, Man City are not interested in signing Bruno Fernandes in the summer. The Sporting midfielder was most linked with the reigning champions even before United leaped on the bandwagon, but this revelation seems to remove the hopes of a battle.
This leaves United in a pole position to move in for the 24-year-old, with recent reports in Portugal claiming that the club are on the verge of making the signing, with the financial details understood to be the sticking point.
Now, with City out of the equation, United may not perceive the midfielder as an immediate signing and could hold out for a bargain over the course of the window. Judging by how the club has been far from judicious in its spending, this could be a wise choice financially. At the same time, it did seem obvious that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wishes to have a fruitful pre-season period with his players and thus may desire that the club wraps up most deals early.
The report also claimed that Pep Guardiola and company won’t be in the market for a left-back this summer, contrary to the claims being made, with Benjamin Mendy’s fitness concerns powering those murmurs.