Manchester City and Manchester United are battling it out for the signing of Palmeiras youngster Gabriel Veron, according to claims today.

Catalan outlet Sport is the one bringing the news, reporting the Premier League sides are ‘already negotiating’, working to get ahead of competition for the transfer.

Both City and United are said to be trying to get to a deal with the player first, and will only then open negotiations with Palmeiras.

Even though Veron is valued at €20m, Sport says the Brazilian side want to make the same €32m they made when selling Gabriel Jesus to Manchester City in 2016. And since the winger is protected by a €60m release clause, they’re in no rush to sell him.

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There’s another good reason why Palmeiras will wait for a good deal. On Saturday, they’re playing in the Copa Libertadores final, followed by Copa do Brasil final in February. Plus in case they win the continental tournament, there’s the Club World Cup, which would be a great showcase for Veron to show his skills.

So besides needing him for these decisive games, the Brazilian side also expect the player to build a higher value in the coming months. That’s why his transfer would only happen in the summer.

However, as Manchester City and Manchester United are both said to be focused on closing a deal as soon as possible, perhaps something can happen before that.

Sport adds that Barcelona had been interested in the signing as well, yet as the club can’t do a lot before their presidential elections, they have their hands tied in this battle for now.

At the end of last year, when Manchester United were first linked to the 18-year-old, we featured a story presenting the player. That should be worth a read once again.