Manchester rivals submit offers for highly-rated centre back

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Manchester City and Manchester United have both made offers for Palermo defender Simon Kjaer but have been told to increase their bids if they want to capture the highly-rated youngster.

The Danish centre-back ,21, has attracted interest from the top clubs in Europe and the two Manchester rivals are the only ones who have made concrete bids.

Palermo’s president Maurizio Zamparini has said that the parties are a long way off the Sicilian club’s valuation but a deal could yet be concluded.

Zamparini said: “I have had requests from City and United but there are still differences between what we want and what they are offering.”

Earlier in the week, Zamparini also confirmed Roberto Mancini was interested in striker Edison Cavani and lend weight to rumour he will be on his way to Eastlands, and it could be that he links up with Palermo team mate Kjaer in England.

With the club priming themselves for a title challenge next season, City would be prepared to get closest to the Italian side’s asking price, while Sir Alex Ferguson has said he will not be breaking the bank this summer.

However, with doubts emerging over Nemanja Vidic’s future at Old Trafford, Fergie may be forced into emergency action to trump his city rivals.

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