Manchester City Ready To Rival Neighbours United For ‘New Mascherano’

River Plate youngster lined-up as De Jong replacement.

Manchester City are ready to rival Man United for Argentinian battler Ezequiel Cirigliano.

The 20-year-old midfielder was instrumental in helping River Plate bounce back from their shock relegation and has been likened to a young Javier Mascherano in his homeland.

United are reportedly considering a £4 million bid for the youngster but City have now emerged as rivals for his signature.

The Premier League Champions are expected to sell Nigel de Jong this summer, with the Dutchman’s agent in talks with both Internazionale and AC Milan, and several Bundesliga clubs.

The Dutchman has fallen behind Yaya Toure and Gareth Barry in the pecking order at the Etihad and, with just one-year remaining on his contract, boss Roberto Mancini is keen to cash in.

The Italian believes Cirigliano can replace de Jong in the City first-team squad but reportedly wants to hand the young pass-master a trial before offering him a permanent deal, while mega-bucks Ligue 1 outfit PSG are also in the hunt.

Cirigliano has represented Argentina at youth level and is primarily a box-to-box midfielder with good distribution.

Sources in the Italian media suggested on Thursday that Napoli were also chasing Cirigliano.

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