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One similarity and one difference between Manchester United and Manchester City transfer windows



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There is a key similarity and a key difference between how Manchester United and Manchester City are operating this transfer window.

So far this window, Manchester United are yet to sign someone – although a deal for André Onana seems to be edging ever closer.

Erik ten Hag made his priorities for the 2023 summer window clear, wanting a new striker, midfielder, centre-back, and goalkeeper.

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The club targetted Harry Kane for their striker role and Mason Mount for the midfield, however, they walked away from the deals once the demand was said to be too high.

Tottenham are said to want £100 million for Kane, while Chelsea demanded around £65 million for Mount – and although United have spoken to either club to say that if they lower their demands, they will be willing to talk, but have for now walked away from active negotiations.

Over in the blue corner of Manchester, City themselves walked away from a deal for Declan Rice after it was deemed that West Ham were asking for too much. City had bid £80m plus an extra £10m in add-ons on Tuesday morning, which was swiftly rejected.

Arsenal rounded off Tuesday with a mammoth bid totalling £105m for the England midfielder, and are now said to be in talks with West Ham about the payment structure of the deal.

Despite both United and City acting in similar fashions and walking away from deals if they became too expensive – a trait that City have shown over many seasons but United have famously failed to do – the key difference between the two clubs is that there was competition with City’s bid.

However, his may soon change for United.

It was reported by David Ornstein on Tuesday that Bayern Munich had submitted a bid worth just over £60m plus add-ons for Harry Kane – this may force United to make a more finite decision on whether to re-open or close the door for the England captain, just like the decision City had to make surrounding Rice once Arsenal outbid them.