Manchester City are reportedly hopeful that their direct Premier League rivals Manchester United will publicly rule themselves out of the race to secure the services of Kalidou Koulibaly from Serie A giants, Napoli this summer.
The 29-year-old centre-back has been strongly linked with a big-money move to the English top-tier and both Manchester teams are believed to be near the front of the queue as they look for a new defender.
However, Napoli are believed to be holding out for a world-record fee for Senegalese international defender, and the Manchester Evening News claims that Man City fear that sum could climb even higher if the Red Devils also pursue him.
The report suggests that Napoli are in a strong negotiation position as they know how desperate the Citizens are to secure the services of a new top-class defender and will also use their £40m signing of Nathan Ake as a measuring stick for their valuation of Koulibaly.
Manchester City have also slapped a £30m price tag on Eric Garcia after he turned down a new contract offer, which Napoli will also use as context to put a price on their star centre-back.
Pep Guardiola is keen to bring in another new centre-back despite the securing the services of Ake, having seen Vincent Kompany’s exit prove costly last campaign.