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Man Utd ‘priority’ summer signing is bad news for Man City and Pep Guardiola reunion | Football | Sport

Pep Guardiola’s plans for a reunion with Bayern Munich star Joshua Kimmich this summer could be scuppered by Manchester City’s derby rivals. Kimmich, 29, is expected to end his nine-year stay in Germany this summer, otherwise the Bundesliga champions risk losing him on a free when his contract expires in 2025.

It’s been widely reported that Guardiola had spoken to the City board about signing Kimmich, with the Spaniard valuing his experience and ability to perform both in midfield and defence. Indeed, it was Guardiola who initially signed the player for Bayern from Red Bull Leipzig back in 2015.

But now United have come into the equation. According to Spanish outlet Sport, the Red Devils have made Kimmich their priority for the next transfer window, with a view to the 2020 Champions League winner replacing Casemiro.

The Brazilian has been plagued by form and fitness struggles in the 2023/24 campaign, and having just turned 32, no longer appears a long term solution for Erik ten Hag. But given his proven quality United would expect to recuperate a portion of the £60million they paid Real Madrid in 2022.

And that could be crucial in funding a move for Kimmich, who is reportedly valued by Bayern at £43million. The Premier League outfit are unlikely to take the risk of delaying a potential bid beyond this summer, given a host of other top European clubs have also been linked.

Kimmich has cemented legendary status at Bayern having made 378 club appearances, and has helped club to the title in each of his eight seasons. That run is set to be ended this year however, with Bayer Leverkusen 10 points clear of their rivals with just eight league games each remaining.

He’s also been capped 84 times by Germany, and is set to feature at their home Euro 2024 tournament this summer. As of yet, the star has remained tight-lipped on his future, but may soon be presented with a choice of two Manchester clubs.

United are set to be boosted by fresh investment this summer following the arrival of Sir Jim Ratcliffe. The INEOS chief has purchased a 27 per cent stake in the club, and has assumed control of footballing operations.

He is also reportedly keen on an overhaul of club personnel. But with United also in a tight situation with Financial Fair Play regulations following their £170million spending spree last summer, Ratcliffe is likely to need to sanction sales in order to make big money signings.

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