The hottest property in the Feyenoord ranks, Terence Kongolo, is the subject of a bidding battle between Manchesters United and City, or so the Daily Express will have us believe.
Allegedly available for just £3m, the 20-year-old centre-back is held in high regard in his homeland and would represent something of a coup for either outfit.
A price of 11/5 says he’ll be practicing in the Premier League by the time next summer’s transfer window closes, while it’s 3/10 that he’s based in an opposing division.
If a choice between one of Manchester’s big guns beckons, though, it’s the Red Devils he must opt for, as these reasons will confirm.
First-team football opportunities will be far more forthcoming at Old Trafford.
Given Man Utd’s chronic lack of centre-backs, Kongolo could perceivably find himself first-choice under Louis van Gaal, who selected him as part of his World Cup squad in the summer.
Man City have a sizeable pool of experienced campaigners to select from in this department, which would cause Kongolo to miss games and ultimately, hinder his development.
The Citizens have a track record of damaging the careers of promising centre-halves.
Stefan Savic and Matija Nastasic are two stoppers touted as future superstars whose stock has nose-dived during their Etihad tenures.
Man City’s bankrollers crave instantaneous success and this isn’t the ideal environment for fledgling talents to flourish.
Van Gaal is famed for the faith he places in young players and is the perfect tutor for Kongolo.
Adnan Januzaj, James Wilson, Tyler Blackett, Paddy McNair and Luke Shaw are five players younger than Kongolo to be given plenty of minutes on the pitch under the Iron Tulip.
LVG handed the Feyenoord academy product his international bow and is the manager most likely to bring the best out of him.