Manchester United and Manchester City both look prepared to miss out on landing Lyon star Tanguy Ndombele, as per the player’s agent.
The Daily Express claim that the Red Devils and La Liga giants FC Barcelona have been closely monitoring the France international’s progress this term with a view to tabling an offer when the next window reopens.
ESPN suggest that the Etihad giant are also pursuing the 21-year-old, but his agent Duro Ivanisevic has now claimed that he would favour to see his client sign for Serie A side Napoli, with his present market value set at about €80 million.
This latest report represents a massive transfer blow for Manchester United and their City rivals, who are both attempting to reinforcements in the winter ahead of an important second stanza of the campaign.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has talked about his desire to sign another midfielder in the mould as Brazil international midfielder Fernandinho, who at the age of 33, is approaching the latter parts of his football career.
The Red Devils meanwhile, are in between another major transitional period under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who will be trying to make his own mark on the team with an influx of new signings in January.
According to report, Duro Ivanisevic praised Tanguy Ndombele, talking up exactly why he is drawing interested from a number of top European teams.
Man City or Man United could benefit from having a top player like Ndombele in their team and although is Serie A side appear to be leading the race at the moment, this report could still have some twists and turns before the transfer window come to a close in February.