PL rivals close to reaching agreement to sign Man Utd CB, reports Fabrizio Romano

General view of a corner flag before the match between Manchester United and Brighton.

Manchester City are eyeing a deal for highly-rated Manchester United centre-back Harrison Parker REUTERS/Andrew Yates.

Manchester City have built themselves into a real force in recent years, assembling a squad full of world-class players who ended the Cityzens’ wait for a Champions League trophy last season. And their transfer activity this summer shows they are in no mood of settling with just one European title.

City have already replaced Ilkay Gundogan with Mateo Kovacic, and are preparing to sign Josko Gvardiol from RB Leipzig, who are looking for a world-record fee for a centre-back for the Croatian talent. Pep Guardiola’s side also went toe-to-toe with Arsenal for Declan Rice, indicating their desire to further strengthen their midfield.

The same level of ambition is being shown at the youth level, with City working on signing a top talent from the academy of their Premier League rivals.

Manchester City close to signing Manchester United centre-back

According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, the Blue side of Manchester are close to reaching an agreement with United for Harrison Parker. The talented 16-year-old centre-back joined the Red Devils from the Arsenal academy in 2021.

It appears Parker is highly rated in England, as Romano added: “City have beaten four top clubs to the signing — agreement is close despite Man Utd offering highest youth deal to keep Parker.”

However, United have plenty of promising options in defence. Louis Jackson and Tyler Fredricson have both played impressively for different United youth sides, earning England youth caps in the process.

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Further, the Old Trafford outfit are close to adding talented English full-back Harry Amass to their ranks. As per Romano, the Watford talent will sign a four-year contract with United.

As far as first-team affairs are concerned, the club’s hierarchy are only going to add a new central defender if either Harry Maguire or Victor Lindelof leaves.