Man Utd to beat Man City in double transfer swoop

Manchester United are attempting to get one over Manchester City even before the two sides meet in a top-of-the-table Premier League clash on Sunday, the Daily Mail has reported, as the league leaders look set to pip the league champions to the signings of Alen Halilovic and Sime Vrsalijko.

The Dinamo Zagreb pair have been on the radar of City boss Roberto Mancini with a view to a January move but United’s chief executive, David Gill, flew to Croatia this week in an effort to move United into pole position for the signature of Halilovic, and while there Gill is understood to have expressed an interest in Vrsalijko as well.

Halilovic is a 16-year-old midfielder said to hold greater potential than Luka Modric, a former Dinamo player, while Vrsalijko, 20, would provide Sir Alex Ferguson with defensive cover at right-back. Gill is thought to have enquired about a £20m dual transfer, with Halilovic alone valued at £15m.

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