Manchester City ready to go head to head with rivals Manchester United for £40m-rated Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka… and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were among 20 clubs to watch Benfica wonderkid Joao Felix
- Aaron Wan-Bissaka is regarded as one of the brightest prospects in his position
- He particularly impressed City when he starred in Palace’s 3-2 win at the Etihad
- City are weighing up a number of additions as they prepare for a possible ban
Manchester City will continue to rival Manchester United for Crystal Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
The 21-year-old is regarded as one of the brightest prospects in his position and particularly impressed City when he starred in Palace’s 3-2 win at Eastlands in December.
City are weighing up a number of additions as they prepare for the possibility of a transfer ban amid investigations into their past recruitment of young overseas players.
Manchester City will continue to rival Manchester United for the Crystal Palace right-back
They also want cover at goalkeeper, defensive midfield and in attack with players such as Junior Firpo at Real Betis, Atletico Madrid’s Rodri and Luka Jovic of Eintracht Frankfurt under consideration.
Valued at around £40million, Wan-Bissaka would crucially boost their homegrown quota also but City know they face competition from United with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a confirmed fan.
United have been offered the likes of 27-year-old Belgium right-back Thomas Meunier at Paris St Germain also but Solskjaer wants young players with a hungry appetite to improve joining his squad.
He has made right-back, right wing and midfield his priority positions knowing he will lose Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian, Ander Herera and possibly Juan Mata. Centre-back Eric Bailly has also been seeking clarity over his future.
United were among 20 clubs represented at Benfica versus Eintracht Frankfurt last Thursday to see 19-year-old forward Joao Felix score a hat-trick for Benfica in their 4-2 win.
Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal, Newcastle and Leicester City also had scouts present.
United were among 20 clubs represented to watch 19-year-old Benfica forward Joao Felix
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