Manchester United lead the race for Barcelona left back Jordi Alba, with Manchester City also thought to be expressing an interest in the talented defender, as reported by the Daily Star.
Reports suggest that the ex-Valencia player has a series of offers from top European clubs available to him.
Man Utd are thought to have maintained an interest in the Barca star since the summer.
They now have to deal with unexpected competition from their noisy neighbours Man City, who possess significant financial power, despite the lingering spectre of financial fair play.
City’s somewhat shaky defence has become a source of consternation to the club, and they have identified the left back berth as a problem.
The club are supposedly willing to offer big money to bring Alba in, despite the interest from Man Utd.
Alba is regarded as one of the world’s best at left back.
Barcelona paid €14 million to sign him from Valencia in 2012.