Manchester United have already caused an upset to their fierce rivals Manchester City by swooping in to snatch Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal.
Pep Guardiola’s side were heavily linked with the Chile international last summer, but in a big twist, the attacker ended up moving to the red half of the city.
It appears that City are now looking forward and have outlined a move for Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte.
According to Sky Sports’ Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, the North-West outfit are prepared to meet the £60m buyout clause in the 23-year-old’s contract.
Former United captain Gary Neville has sparked a discussion on Twitter by claiming that United should try to hijack City’s deal for the defender.
In my very short time in Spain we played them 3 times ! This lad can play! Get in United … ? https://t.co/p3Bcqol4lH
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) January 23, 2018
United supporters have now taken to social media to give their say on potentially ruining City’s transfer activity even more.
Some also criticised their rivals for spending £60m on a player after they reportedly ended interest in Sanchez due to financial reasons.
— Scott Davidson (@Harleydavo24) January 24, 2018
LOL didn't take long for Manchester City to embarrass themselves by somehow trying to claim the moral high ground regarding money spent on #AlexisSanchez If they sign Laporte they'll have 6 of the 11 most expensive defenders in the world #MUFC #MCFC https://t.co/SflMrUg3AG
— Ian (@Mancman10) January 24, 2018
— Gary (@GaryHunking) January 24, 2018
— Mark Cunningham (@MarkCun27) January 24, 2018
Personally I'd prefer Gimenez from Atletico Madrid but isn't Laporte supposed to be Herrera's best mate? Sure I've read that before somewhere. If that's the case then @GNev2 makes a good suggestion. What better way to dispel any uncertainty with Herrera, sign his mate #mufc
— A.Murtagh (@UnitedKrazy) January 24, 2018
— Shafayet (@shafayetshafi) January 24, 2018
— TickTickBoom (@boom_tick) January 24, 2018
I wonder if the Laporte to #mcfc deal will be reported based on transfer fee… or they will be treated like #mufc and the wages, agents fees, flights, medical costs, dog walking, car hire and accommodation will be included too.
— Andy Widdowson (@andygwiddowson) January 24, 2018
Meanwhile, the Red Devils remain 12 points adrift of their neighbours in the Premier League title race.