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Transfer: Manchester City poised to ruin business for United



Transfer: Manchester City poised to ruin business for United

Manchester City is reportedly set to rival Manchester United for one of their primary summer transfer targets, according to sources from France.

United has been proactive in the early stages of the transfer window, with significant moves anticipated under the influence of Sir Jim Ratcliffe.

Erik ten Hag’s squad is nearing the acquisition of forward Joshua Zirkzee from Bologna, having agreed on personal terms with the Dutch striker. The club is currently deciding whether to activate Zirkzee’s €40m (£34m) release clause or negotiate a structured deal to pay the fee in installments.

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Additionally, United is in advanced talks with Bayern Munich to sign Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt. Another potential addition is PSG midfielder Manuel Ugarte, who has garnered attention following a mixed debut season in Ligue 1 but has impressed during the Copa America, helping Uruguay reach the semi-finals.

Strategic Moves by City

Transfer: Manchester City poised to ruin business for United

However, City’s interest in Ugarte signifies their intent to strengthen their midfield, possibly as a response to the dynamic shifts in the transfer market and to maintain their competitive edge over rivals which could spell trouble for Manchester United.

The potential rivalry with United over transfer targets by Manchester City already underscores the strategic maneuvering expected in this critical transfer window.

Ugarte: A Contested Talent

The competition for Manuel Ugarte’s signature is intensifying. Reports indicate that PSG is open to selling the 23-year-old, with a £50m fee likely to secure his services.

While United appears keen, Manchester City and Barcelona have also expressed strong interest, with Le10 Sport (via Sport Witness) noting both clubs have made ‘concrete moves’ for the midfielder. Liverpool is another club reportedly in the mix.

PSG’s Decision and Ugarte’s Future

PSG head coach Luis Enrique is expected to make the final decision regarding Ugarte’s future. The player’s agent, Jorge Chijane, hinted at a probable departure. “Liverpool? There is a lot of talk but it is not the only club, there are others. There are many possibilities on the table,” Chijane stated. “It’s almost certain that he won’t stay, it’s sure he’ll leave. I believe the situation will be resolved.”

The Bigger Picture

With United pushing to bolster their ranks under Ten Hag and Manchester City looking to maintain their dominance, the battle for players like Ugarte will be a defining aspect of their summer strategies. Fans can expect a thrilling transfer saga as both clubs make their moves in the market.