Manchester City has reportedly set their sights on Manchester United’s young talent Kobbie Mainoo, indicating a significant disparity in the current trajectories of the two clubs, according to FourFourTwo.
The publication has highlighted that City is keen on acquiring the services of Mainoo, who is considered one of the top teenagers in the sport today by FFT.
Mainoo, who was anticipated to play a part in Ten Hag’s team this season following his pre-season involvement with the Red Devils, suffered a setback due to an injury during a match against Arsenal in the United States.
Regarded as one of the most exceptional talents to emerge from United’s reputable youth system in recent times, Mainoo is seen as a potential game-changer in midfield. His departure to their city rivals would signify a considerable loss for United, but they are somewhat protected by his long-term contract.
While the exact fee City would need to propose to pry Mainoo away from United is not specified, and it remains uncertain if United would consider any bid at all, the move would be notable given City’s focus on nurturing promising players and the financial pressures currently faced by United.
The previous instance of a player being associated with both Manchester clubs involved Jadon Sancho, who initially departed City’s youth ranks to eventually join United after a fruitful period at Borussia Dortmund.