Manchester United to sign the one player City ‘couldn’t afford’

Cross-town rivals Manchester United have made a bright start to the summer window with the former Premier League champions already securing the signing of Jadon Sancho and are said to be extremely close to finalizing the signing of Real Madrid ace, Raphael Varane.

The Red Devils are shaping up nicely for the next season and could very well pose a serious title challenge next term while they would be hoping to win the Premier League for the first time since 2013.

Manchester City haven’t made any key signings thus far this summer. The Cityzens however have been linked with Jack Grealish and Harry Kane but the pursuit of the English duo seems to have died down with Grealish rumored to be having second thoughts about a move to Manchester and Tottenham insistent on holding on to their star man.

Time is certainly in abundance for Manchester City but the Premier League champions would hope to complete the signings of their long-term targets soon so that they would still be able to go for other players, in case their pursuit of Grealish and Kane fails.

Back in 2019, Ruben Neves was linked with a move to Manchester City but with his price tag being set at £100 million, Pep Guardiola said that Manchester City ‘couldn’t afford’ the Portuguese holding midfielder.

Fast forward to 2021, Neves has again been linked with a move to Manchester but this time it is the cross-town rivals that are interested in him. With his value being set at £35 million with the probability of it stretching to £50 million. This comes from the Mirror.

While City have not been linked with Neves this time around, the Cityzens do need a holding midfielder as club veteran Fernandinho is set to leave at the end of the next season. Neves is certainly a good option to have but it looks like the 24-year-old may be on his way to Manchester United.

City could consider signing Neves as he is still young and is an experienced player in the Premier League.

However, as it stands, City are losing in the transfer front to their rivals, Manchester United.