Manchester City are preparing to hijack Liverpool and Arsenal’s hopes of landing Monaco winger Thomas Lemar. The Reds and Gunners have been linked with the France international since the summer with both likely to return for him after the season. But Pep Guardiola remains on the hunt for another player on the flanks after failed attempts to land Alexis Sanchez and Riyad Mahrez and he is prepared to spend to bring the Monaco man to the Eithad Stadium. Manchester United are looking at adding Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis this summer according to the media.

The report states the Red Devils need a centre-back and have watched the 29-year-old Greek international several times in the past few weeks. United are also interested Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld but Sokratis is considered to be an easier target to land. Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho’s interest in Barcelona Samuel Umtiti is a bit of a smokescreen to hide his real target, Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane, according to reports. Mourinho rates both defenders, but is much higher on Varane and hopes to land him part of his backline overhaul for €40 million. Should Madrid not sell the defender, then Mourinho would then turn back to Umtiti in an attempt to pry him away from the La Liga leaders.

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