Manchester City and Manchester United are set to fight it out for the same centre-backs this summer, as both have strong interest in Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly and Inter Milan’s Milan Skriniar.
City’s need for a centre-half is greater, with Pep Guardiola and the hierarchy having made the position a priority this summer, after the problems encountered in the wake of Vincent Kompany’s retirement this summer.
Koulibaly has been cited as a top target, although The Independent has been told that Inter would be interested in a potential swap involving Sergio Aguero and Skriniar.
The latter could prove more attractive if CAS uphold City’s Champions League ban, and the club are forced to constrain their spending.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is meanwhile mulling over how best to use his budget, with United seeing how the market plays out before deciding on what to prioritise.