United want City bench warmer Johnson at Old Trafford.
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Manchester United have made initial enquiries about the availability of Manchester City winger Adam Johnson.
Sir Alex Ferguson is a long standing admirer of tricky winger Johnson, who has grown disillusioned at the lack of first team opportunities at the Etihad.
The former Middlesborough man started just 10 league games for the Champions last season, with Spaniard David Silva and summer signing Samir Nasri preferred.
Johnson is believed to be content with life at City for now but wants assurances he will play more next season. The 24-year-old believes his lack of football is affecting his International prospects, after he was left out of Roy Hodgson’s 23-man England squad for Euro 2012.
Ferguson is desperate to reclaim the title from noisy neighbours City and has identified his midfield and full-back positions as in most need of reinforcement this summer. Japanese playmaker Shinji Kagawa looks likely to join from Dortmund but the Red Devils appear to have lost out to Chelsea in the race for Belgian superstar Eden Hazard.
City are unlikely to entertain any bid from their main rival but may be forced to reconsider if Johnson angles for a move. Premier League regulations restrict clubs to 25-man squads and Blues boss Roberto Mancini may take the opportunity to free up a squad place rather than keep an unhappy player.
In recent seasons, both Carlos Tevez and Owen Hargreaves have moved from United to City, although Tevez was only a loanee at Old Trafford and Hargreaves was released by United before he joined City.