Manchester United launch surprise bid for Manchester City midfielders

General view of the corner flag inside the stadium before the match.

Manchester United are working on signing highly-rated Manchester City prospects Reuters/Jason Cairnduff.

Manchester United have reportedly launched a bid to sign Manchester City midfielders Jack and Tyler Fletcher, the twin sons of the club’s technical director Darren Fletcher.

The duo have come through the famed youth system at City, and are regarded among the most promising Under-16 talents in the UK. Jack and Tyler remain on schoolboy registrations and will be eligible to agree professional deals after turning 17 in March 2024.

City have tabled offers, but according to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, the Fletchers favoured taking their next step at United. The Red Devils approached City last week to open discussions, and a transfer is expected to be completed for a substantial fee. During Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s time at the club, United signed talented striker Charlie McNeill from their noisy neighbours.

Manchester United prepare a new bid for Mount

While United are raiding the Sky Blues to rejuvenate their youth setup, they intend to return to London with an improved offer for Mason Mount to strengthen their first-team midfield.

The Old Trafford outfit had a £40m bid for the 24-year-old rejected by Chelsea this week, but they remain keen on signing the England international.

As per the Mirror, United are readying a £50m offer, which is likely to be their last. Chelsea value their academy product at £70m, but hold little power over the player’s future.

Mount is set to enter the final year of his contract and will be free to leave for nothing in 2024. Further, United have convinced him to join Erik ten Hag’s project. The Dutch coach is keen to add athleticism and physicality to his midfield and has earmarked the Englishman as a suitable option. The United manager also admires his ability to operate in different positions.