Manchester City have reportedly ruled themselves out of making a swoop for Kalidou Koulibaly as the club cannot justify paying his £90 million meaning Manchester United could have a free hit at attempting to sign the Napoli star.
City have already purchased Nathan Ake from Bournemouth for £41 million but the Citizens still need another centre-back.
The Sunday Mirror claims they have put Nicolas Otamendi up for sale and are also set to lose talent Eric Garcia when his contract expires next year.
Pep Guardiola is looking at a host of targets but he will not make an approach for Kalidou, according to the Sunday Mirror.
That means the 20-times English champions could have a clear run for the Senegal international as manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a big fan.
The Red Devils are looking for a new defensive partner for defender Harry Maguire as there are questions over Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof.
Meantime, Sheffield United have allegedly been dealt a blow in their efforts to agree another one-year loan deal for Manchester United’s Dean Henderson.
The former England youth international has boosted his stock during two temporary stints at Bramall Lane, putting him in contention to become a future No1 at Old Trafford.
With current No1 David de Gea likely to keep hold of that role for the next season, it leaves the Red Devils in a position where they must find a compromise with the 23-year-old stopper.
The Sun claims that club officials are ready to hand Henderson a significant pay rise in order to ward off interest from other clubs, including Chelsea.
However, that would apparently put Sheffield United in a weaker position with regards to a third successive loan deal as the club demand that Henderson’s wages are paid in full.