Manchester City are reportedly battling Manchester United for the signature of Roma’s Lorenzo Pellegrini.
City and United are both said to have scouted the Italian youngster who has a rumoured £22million release clause.
The 21-year-old is a graduate of Roma’s academy and has forced his way into I Giallorossi’s first-team with a string of fine performances in Serie A and the Champions League so far this season.
Pellegrini was called up for Italy’s senior squad ahead of this month’s World Cup qualifiers – but had to withdraw following an injury sustained against AC Milan on Sunday.
Roma brought Pellegrini back to the club in the summer after activating a buy back clause following impressive performances for Sassuolo last season.
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The central midfielder has continued his superb form into the early season with City sending scouts to watch Roma’s win against Verona in September, according to reports in The Metro .
Meanwhile, it is also reported the Manchester transfer rivalry is set to continue with City and United both pursuing New York City FC’s Jack Harrison.
Harrison was part of the youth set-up at Old Trafford until the age of 14, but the Blues are believed to have first-refusal for his signature due to their close ties with his current club.
The 20-year-old English winger has impressed during his spell in Major League Soccer and Man City are keen to bring him back to England according to reports in The Sun.