Manchester United are reportedly looking to beat rivals City to the signature of Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes.
The 24-year-old scored 32 goals and contributed 18 assists in 53 matches last season and as a result has attracted interest from European clubs.
United are eyeing a move for Fernandes and are set to challenge Premier League champions City, according to Portuguese outlet A Bola.
The newspaper’s front page on Friday, translated in English, read: ‘Man United come ahead.
‘Proposal of City does not convince and rival of Manchester will attack Bruno Fernandes.’
United are reportedly able to outbid their city rivals – City can offer £49million (€55million) while United can give up to £71m (€80m).