Manchester United set to rival Manchester City for midfield star


Manchester United and Manchester City are reportedly ready to fight it out over a massive £75 million move for Southampton midfielder James Ward Prowse this summer, according to the Daily Star.

The Saints captain, now 27 years old, is having a stellar season in Ralph Hassenhutl’s engine room, weighing in with 9 goals and 5 assists so far this term. He has become renowned for his set-piece delivery and now sits second, behind only David Beckham, in the number of free-kicks scored in the Premier League.

On the fringes of the England squad under Gareth Southgate too, JWP is clearly in his prime, and it is something that the two Manchester Clubs apparently want to take advantage of, though they are not alone.

Six clubs involved as Manchester pair lead the way

As per the Daily Star, six clubs are tracking the midfielder, but the Manchester pair could be the far and away favorites to both attract the player, thought to be settled on the south coast, and also pay the sort of fee that would be required to prize him away.

‘Arsenal, Tottenham and Newcastle are all tracking developments closely, while Aston Villa failed with a £25m swoop last summer’, the report claims.

But, they add, the midfielder has interest from Manchester United, while Manchester City are big admirers too.

He has reportedly ‘been added to the Reds summer shopping as they search for two new central midfielders as part of their planned close-season overhaul. But that is set to bring them into direct competition with their local rivals as Pep Guardiola is a huge admirer of the England international.’

A move to Manchester United would hand Ward-Prowse the best chance of regular gametime, with City boasting a strong selection of central midfielders. But, at present, he is doing just fine at Southampton and is sure to have caught Southgate’s eye.

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# Team PM D P
one Liverpool F.C. 3. 4 64 82
two Manchester City 33 59 80
3 Chelsea F.C. 33 40 66
4 Arsenal F.C. 33 12 60
5 Tottenham Hotspur 33 18 58
6 Man Utd 35 two 55
7 West Ham United 3. 4 8 52
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 33 4 49
9 Newcastle United 35 -16 43
10 leicester city 32 -4 42
eleven Brighton & Hove Albion 3. 4 -eleven 41
12 Brentford F.C. 3. 4 -8 40
13 Southampton F.C. 3. 4 -16 40
14 Crystal Palace 33 two 38
fifteen Aston-Villa 32 -4 37
16 Leeds United 33 -30 3. 4
17 Burnley F.C. 33 -16 31
18 Everton F.C. 32 -twenty-one 29
19 Watford F.C. 33 -36 22
twenty Norwich City 33 -47 twenty-one
player Team goals
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Son Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 17
Ronaldo, Christian Man Utd 17
Jota, Diogo Liverpool F.C. fifteen
mane, sadio Liverpool F.C. 14
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur 12
Tony, Ivan Brentford F.C. 12
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 12
DeBruyne, Kevin Manchester City eleven
Mahrez, Riyadh Manchester City eleven
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal F.C. eleven
Mount, Mason Chelsea F.C. 10
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford F.C. 10
Pukki, Teemu Norwich City 10
Sterling, Rahem Manchester City 10
raphinha Leeds United 10
Vardy, Jamie leicester city 10
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal F.C. 10
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 9
Fernandes, Bruno Man Utd 9

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