Southampton have all but accepted they are going to lose Virgil van Dijk in January.
The defender has been in such good form for the Saints that a host of top Premier League clubs are coming calling, despite him having signed a new six-year contract just seven months ago.
Manchester City are the latest to be linked with him, and they could trump fierce rivals United by offering him Champions League football.
The Daily Mail report that Pep Guardiola is also willing to pay big money to convince Southampton to let him go, with the Sky Blues putting aside a crazy £50million for his capture in the transfer window.
The centre-back has reportedly been the subject of discreet talks between the two clubs, with City director of football Txiki Begiristain working tirelessly on the deal.
The fact that they are having to spend even more money after the summer signing of John Stones really is testament to the former Evertonian’s struggles at the Etihad.
City’s defensive problems have seen them lose massive ground on Chelsea in the title race, and Guardiola therefore wants a player he knows is suitable for the Premier League’s direct style.
Southampton paid Celtic just £13million for the Dutchman when they signed him just over a year ago, so they’re gearing up for a huge profit.