Man City transfer news: Battle with Mourinho for 24-year-old ace, Guardiola leads race for £38m playmaker

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Man City are reportedly in a transfer battle with rivals Manchester United over the signing of Monaco defender Djibril Sidibe.

Both clubs are in need of a new right-back, with Pep Guardiola needing to revamp his defensive line with the likes of Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna not getting any younger and are set to move on this summer.

As for United, Antonio Valencia will need a long-term replacement eventually, and according to Manchester Evening News, it appears as though both clubs are keen to sign Sidibe to solve their issue.

The 24-year-old is set to be the subject of a major transfer battle as both Manchester clubs will have significant funds this summer to strengthen their respective squads and so the race is on to secure his signature.

With regards to City though, they are expected to be extremely busy this summer as Guardiola continues to stamp his mark on the squad.

According to The Mirror, the Spanish tactician and the club have moved to the front of the queue, ahead of Real Madrid, in the pursuit of Juventus playmaker Paulo Dybala.

Now it’s worth taking this one with a pinch of salt as the Argentine international has long been linked with penning a new contract with the Bianconeri and he forms an integral part of their future.

As a result, it’s questionable as to whether or not he’ll be leaving Turin any time soon let alone this summer, but regardless, the Mirror believe that the Juve hierarchy have informed the player that they will accept an offer if it matches their demands.

While it’s added that the Serie A leaders would prefer to sell to the Premier League rather than La Liga, it’s suggested that Dybala has a £38.3m release clause in his current deal.

It’s no surprise that City are being linked with Dybala as ultimately the 23-year-old is one of the top talents in Europe. That is also what makes this so unlikely as Juve value him very highly and will not be interested in losing him.

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