It seems Manchester United are now the latest side to become interested in signing Sporting midfielder Matheus Nunes.

Newspaper Correio da Manhã features a big story saying the Red Devils have ‘joined the race’ for the 23-year-old, and are now set to battle with Manchester City for the signing.

It’s said that following the departures of Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard, Manchester United are now thinking about the possibility of bidding for Nunes. The Old Trafford side reportedly believe he has a ‘big margin of progression’.

The Red Devils, however, face fierce competition from Manchester City. It’s said Pep Guardiola’s side are ahead in the race because of their ‘good relationship’ with Sporting, as they’ve just negotiated the transfer of Pedro Porro.

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Still, Correio da Manhã points out that Manchester United’s relationship with the Lions is good as well, as the clubs previously worked on other moves such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes.

The newspaper writes that an offer for Nunes should arrive after the end of the Nations League. They point out that despite his €60m release clause, a deal could be done for €50m plus a player on loan. It’s just not clear if those two claims are only about United or if they refer to City as well.

Nunes has been linked to Pep Guardiola’s side since the manager publicly praised him after a Champions League game, so it’d be surprising to see the Red Devils suddenly showing up to win the race for him.