Manchester rivals United and City are squaring up for another transfer scrap this week – over Brazil midfielder Fred.
City boss Pep Guardiola has admitted he cannot compete for the most expensive players in the world – fees or wages – after losing out to United for Alexis Sanchez.
But he can afford Shakhtar Donetsk’s Fred, even though his valuation has soared to a massive £50m.
Tottenham were also eyeing the situation, when the fee was believed to be £30m for a man who has played six times for the Brazil national team.
But it now seems to have come down to a straight fight between the two title-contesting Mancunian heavyweights.
Guardiola will not want to lose out again to Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho – but after his comments on financial resources, he must fear it could happen for the second time in this transfer window.
But if Fred – who is seen by Guardiola as the long-term successor in the City engine room to fellow Brazilian Fernandinho – does not move this week, the two clubs will resume their battle for him in the summer.