Nice's Jean-Michaël Seri has been courted by some of the biggest clubs in Europe, but he may be heading to the Premier League this month with Manchester United reportedly leading the race to sign him.
The clubs are willing to match the player's €35 million buyout clause.
Seri was set to join Barcelona in the summer before a deal failed to materialise.
The Ivory Coast global has three years left on his current deal with his French club, but with a £35 million (R595 million) buyout clause, he is seen by many as good value for money in today's inflated market.
Fellow Premier League sides Chelsea and Manchester United are also in the race to sign the player this month to improve their midfield.More news: Hot Tickers: General Electric Company (GE), Bank of America Corporation (BAC)
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But here they come again... with United now ready to rival City for the signing of Seri, an Ivory Coast worldwide and one of the best ball-playing midfielders in Ligue 1.
Fernandinho has been solid for City this season and is often an unsung hero but some of his limitations did come to the fore in City's 4-3 defeat at Liverpool last weekend with the Brazilian now 32 years old.
As for United, they also need a holding midfielder.
Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho and co are set to lose Michael Carrick to retirement at the end of the season, while Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic are all approaching their 30's, with Marouane Fellaini having already reached the threshold. Manchester City is looking at Seri as a potential replacement for Yaya Toure whose future remains uncertain at The Etihad.