A busy summer of comings and goings in Manchester are being mooted across today’s back pages.
Both City and United are linked to some understandably high-profile names as they aim to address key areas of their squads.
It’s the Citizens – 3/5 to return to winning ways at Stoke next – who will make the biggest waves, with a plot to replace midfield colossus Yaya Toure with Juventus’ sublime Frenchman Paul Pogba.
In the hope of luring the precocious superstar to the Etihad they’re readying one of their trademark troves laden with cash to send to Turin, with Stevan Jovetic crammed into it.
The City future appears bleak for the Montenegrin striker after Manuel Pellegrini opted to withdraw him from his Champions League squad in favour of including Wilfried Bony.
This comes despite Jovetic being in decent form for the Premier League champions, bagging five in nine top-flight starts so far.
Long-term admirers of the forward, it comes as no surprise that their Serie A equivalents are interested in capitalising on City’s apparent willingness to relinquish him.
Man Utd, who are 13/50 to best Burnley at Old Trafford in midweek, are planning to strengthen at the opposite end of the pitch, with Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris on their radar.
The Frenchman is lauded as one of the world’s finest goalkeepers and if the Red Devils finish in the top four, especially at Spurs’ expense, that is sure to act as a catalyst for the move.
Were United to land the 28-year-old, he’ll be bolstering what is already an impressive Red Devils repertoire of net minders, with David de Gea and World Cup winner Victor Valdes already on board.
In addition to augmenting their goalkeeping department, reinforcing the backline is also a priority for the Reds, which could lead them to renew an interest first sparked in January in Paris Saint-Germain stopper Marquinhos.
It is alleged in the Manchester Evening News that the Brazilian will cost as much as £30m.