Manchester United are hoping to make Jadon Sancho their first summer signing and Manchester City may be able to help them get a second one over the line by fending off interest from Barcelona.
Related articles Jadon Sancho get Man Utd excited over transfer with Rashford message Raul Jimenez 'on his way' to Man Utd as Wolves on verge of new signing United have been given a clear run in their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund winger Sancho and the two clubs are edging closer to doing a deal with an agreement worth an initial £60million reportedly in place.
After that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will look at other areas of the squad which he needs to strengthen to help close the gap to Liverpool and Manchester City.
One of those positions is a new centre-back partner for Harry Maguire and a host of options have been listed.
Spanish publication Sport claim United are pushing ahead with their plans to capture Villarreal defender Pau Torres, who is valued at over £27m.
But the 23-year-old Spain international has attracted interest from La Liga giants Barcelona.
Man City could help Man Utd capture their second transfer of the window (Image: GETTY) Quique Setien is desperate to bolster his ranks this summer after miserably missing out on the league title to Real Madrid.
However, Torres is not the Catalan side's top priority as they would rather capture City's 19-year-old centre-back Eric Garcia, according to Sport .
Pep Guardiola does not want to lose the starlet and is trying to get him to pen a contract extension.
But Garcia has entered the last 12 months of his current deal and an approach from Barcelona could force them into a sale or else they risk losing him for free next year.
City sanctioning a deal this summer will turn Barca's attention away from Torres - giving United a free run once again.
Related articles Man Utd chief Woodward wants 3 players after striking Sancho agreement Chelsea transfer target Ben Chilwell may have 'head turned' READ MORE Everton and West Ham lead transfer race for Barcelona star Meanwhile, Guardiola recently discussed his stance on letting Garcia join his former side.
“I don’t have any updates," he said. "He has one more year on his contract, if Barcelona want him they must call him.
“We are going to try to convince him to stay here for many, many, many years.
“Yeah, I am confident he will stay, but in the end it is his decision. He knows we want him, but it was the same with Leroy [Sane].
Man Utd want Pau Torres to partner Harry Maguire at the back (Image: GETTY) “We want him, but he doesn’t want to stay, we cannot do anything else.
“He knows, his agent knows, his family knows that- we want him. If Barcelona want him, they have to call Txiki [Begiristain].”