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Man Utd in transfer scrap with Premier League rivals over Bundesliga youngster compared to Thiago Alcantara

According to The Sun, Manchester United face competition from rivals Manchester City for Hoffenheim youngster Ilay Elmkies.

It is understood that fellow Premier League club West Ham have also shown interest in the player, dubbed as the next Thiago Alcantara, who starred for Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich.

And, with just one year left on his current deal, the report reckons could cost just £2.5m.

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That’s sounds like a good price for a promising youngster earning such comparisons at a young age and the Israel Under-19 international is said to have impressed against City in the UEFA Youth League last season, which is probably why Guardiola is reportedly keen to bring him to Manchester.

United fans will remember a long dragged out saga involving Thiago when David Moyes became United manager in 2013. We played around with the idea of him joining us from Barcelona only for him to snub us for the Bundesliga giants.

Meanwhile, the Red Devils look set to announce their second signing of the summer with Aaron Wan-Bissaka today.

It wouldn’t surprise me if the likes of Elmkies appealed to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is willing to dip into the youth market to ensure his rebuild goes deeper than just the first time. The reserves should be able to feed the first-team for years to come and that’s exactly what the boss is trying to do.

He should look at our record with young players. There’s nothing to see in that regard at the Etihad.

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