Both Manchester clubs, along with European giants Bayern Munich and Juventus are interested in signing Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic, according to reports.
Kovacic has repeated his desire to leave Madrid in pursuit of more game time. He first indicated his desire to leave at the end of last season and talks with new manager Julien Lopetegui have failed to change his mind, according to Spanish newspaper Marca.
Croatian Kovacic is frustrated at his squad role, but has struggled to displace Toni Kroos, Casemiro and Luka Modric in the centre of midfield.
There should be no shortage of suitors for Kovacic. Manchester City are an obvious one, given their pursuit of Jorginho ended in failure earlier in the summer. It is also believed they have already made an enquiry about him.
Manchester United are another potential choice, although it is thought manager Jose Mourinho is focusing more on strengthening the defence at the moment.
Juventus have signalled their ambition this summer by signing Cristiano Ronaldo, and Kovacic would be another statement signing for a club looking to win the Champions League.
Likewise with Bayern, who are building their squad for a tilt at the top European competition.
However, while Madrid may be willing to part with him, they will want top dollar: £80 million has been mentioned for Kovacic. While this price tag may put some off – it is a lot for a squad player – he is still young and has a lot of potential.