As far as rivalries go, the one shared by Manchester United and Manchester City is a relatively fresher one. For a vast duration of their time, the Red Devils haven’t had to worry much about their Sky Blue neighbors.
However, in recent years the fall from grace of Manchester United has been eclipsed by the steady ascent to glory by the Citizens.
Pep Guardiola recently led the side to back to back Premier League titles, while also securing the domestic treble and stamping their presence in England.
As of such, over the past two seasons, United have been forced to appear more competitive off the field in transfer affairs than in their derby meetings.
According to Portuguese newspaper Jornal de Noticia, the Red Devils are back at it again. The report claims that United have submitted their first bid to sign Sporting midfielder Bruno Fernandes and it strongly surpasses the offer put forth by City earlier.
It also adds that the Portuguese club have found United’s offer to be ‘very seducing’.
The report pegs United’s bid to be worth €80 million, with €55 million being offered upfront while the rest of the amount takes the form of add-on bonuses.
This is well above City’s alleged offer of €50 million. However, Guardiola’s side is also reported to have offered two of its payers through loan deals in order to sweeten the whole affair.
It is understood that City, despite putting in the first bid, were rejected and that Sporting are merely trying to milk as high an amount as they can for the 24-year-old.
Both City and United require reinforcements in their midfield, City have the obvious advantage of offering Champions League football as well as carrying the clout of Premier League champions. At this rate, going all out financially may be the best way for United to secure any world-class talent this summer.