City & United go head-to-head for 'new Modric'

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Manchester City are currently 'leading the race' to sign Manchester United target Mateo Kovacic, according to reports.

The Dinamo Zagreb starlet has been linked with a handful of clubs across Europe, with Barclays Premier outfits thought to be particularly keen on the talented teenager.

It's claimed in The Metro that Manchester City are now at the head of the queue to bring the player to England, with Roberto Mancini's side already in talks with the young Croatian.

Zagreb are reportedly holding out for £10 million for the player, a fee which the Citizens would have no issue paying to bring the 17-year-old to the Etihad Stadium.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson declared an initial interest in the player back in October, with the Red Devils boss reportedly keen on bringing a youngster dubbed 'the next Luka Modric' to Old Trafford.

Ferguson showed in the summer that he's willing to invest heavily on younger players, bringing David de Gea and Phil Jones to Manchester United to play in the first team alongside the likes of Chris Smalling, Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck.

Attacking midfield is also an area of particular concern for the Scot, with Paul Scholes' retirement leaving Manchester United short in the position. Injury to Cleverley emphasised that point, with a brief slump in-form coinciding with the loss of the England youngster.

It could be the second time Manchester United cross-paths with their neighbours in January, with the pair set to face-off in an enticing FA Cup third round tie at the start of the month.

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