It’s been a pretty hectic summer in Manchester and there’s still more than three weeks until the start of the Premier League season.
Not only have the two clubs appointed two managers that have a troubled relationship - in Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola - but both City and United appear keen to splash the cash in the search of Premier League glory.
The red half of Manchester may have made the majority of the headlines after they’ve completed the signings of Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan whilst being on the verge of pulling off a deal for Paul Pogba.
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However, the blue half of Manchester have also been going about their business quietly with Ilkay Gundogan and Nolito arriving for a combined £34.8 million. While the Citizens may not be able to compete with United sensational smashing the world transfer record to re-sign Pogba, they’re planning a massive midfielder purchase of their own.
That’s because the Mirror are reporting that the Citizens have launched an audacious £50 million bid to sign Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos. The report states that the Etihad club have made the approach and encouraged that a deal could be possible.
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Guardiola and Kroos reunite
Of course, Guardiola knows all about Kroos having managed him at Bayern Munich and wants to be reunited with the German.
The 26-year-old joined the Bernabeu club two years ago for £24 million - less than half of City’s bid. While Kroos is understood to be happy at the European Champions, the chance to ply his trade in the Premier League and be part of the Guardiola era at Manchester City could tempt him to leave.
He will certainly have an opportunity to earn more money in England with City having the ability to double his £90,000-per-week wages.
Every football fan is already pretty excited for the two Manchester derbies this season with Mourinho and Guardiola in respective dugouts. Throw Pogba and Kroos into the fray and there will be a lovely mix of fire and quality.
Impact on Pogba
However, there is the possibility that City’s bid could have a major impact on their arch-rivals. If Madrid receive £50 million for Kroos, they could submit a last-gasp attempt to steal Pogba away from United’s grasp. The Guardian claim Mourinho's side have submitted a £87 million bid plus add-ons for Pogba and Madrid will have to raise some funds before they can compete financially.
Therefore, a move for Kroos could be a fantastic deal for the player and both clubs.
It seemed as though it was just a matter of time before Pogba was announced by United but there is now a bit of doubt concerning the deal after his agent, Mino Raiola tweeted: “There is no deal done regarding Paul Pogba, lots of bla bla bla.”
United supporters will certainly be hoping that the report from the Mirror isn’t true and they'll be praying that they can get Pogba across the line before City and Madrid scupper their plans.