It appears that Manchester United have made a move to try and beat Manchester City to a signing this summer.

That comes from Gazzetta dello Sport, who claim that the Red Devils have ‘also come forward’ for Mateo Kovacic.

The midfielder is expected to leave Chelsea this summer after a couple of years at Stamford Bridge, as the club start their mass exodus following the arrival of Mauricio Pochettino and Todd Boehly’s heavy spending.

The Croatia international appears to be heading to Manchester City, where Pep Guardiola will likely have to replace Ilkay Gündogan this summer, but there are two clubs meddling in this affair.

Manchester United, who are planning to spend a fair bit of money in the next transfer window to give Erik ten Hag better assets, and Bayern Munich are the two clubs named by Gazzetta dello Sport ahead of the Champions League final.

This is because Kovacic, currently at Chelsea, used to play for Inter Milan and could be on his way to Manchester City, with it claimed he ‘might not know who to root for’.

As things stand, ‘an agreement remains to be found’ between the Etihad residents and their Stamford Bridge counterparts, but it’s clear the Blues are ‘forced to sell’ this summer, facilitating negotiations.

Either way, it’s claimed Manchester United are now in the mix, but we’ll wait for a bit more, perhaps from elsewhere, before taking it too seriously.