Man Utd, City eye bargain deal Bundesliga starlet labelled ‘next Thiago’

Oli Fisher
Ilay Elmkies

Manchester City and Manchester United are both interested in signing Hoffenheim youngster Ilay Elmkies this summer, a report claims.

On Wednesday, reports emerged claiming that the Red Devils had finally struck an agreement with Crystal Palace over Aaron Wan-Bissaka after weeks of negotiations.

That will seemingly be the second signing United make this summer after young Wales winger Dan James arrived earlier in the month, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer clearly keen on signing young, hungry players.

Now, The Sun name United and their rivals Manchester City as two of the clubs interested in signing 19-year-old midfielder Elmkies.

The Israel-born starlet played seven times for the club’s second team last season, netting one goal, but featured more heavily for their U19s.

He did score against City in the UEFA Youth League this season and is highly-rated by the Rhein-Neckar club, but they are under pressure to make a decision on his future.

Elmkies has just one year left to run on his current deal meaning Hoffenheim risk losing him for a small compensation fee next summer, so they may choose to let him leave for £2.5m this summer instead.

West Ham are also apparently interested in the midfielder, who has drawn comparisons to Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcantara.


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