Sporting Lisbon are reportedly closing in on a potential replacement for Bruno Fernandes.
Both Manchester clubs have been tipped to make a move for Portuguese midfielder Fernandes this summer.
United are believed to be in pole position although City chiefs reportedly met with Sporting officials this week.
The two clubs discussed a possible partnership to sign the best youngsters across Europe with Fernandes also on the agenda.
And Sporting appear to be set to sign a new central midfielder, potentially paving the way for Fernandes to depart.
The Portuguese side are closing in on a deal for Palermo’s Aleksandar Trajkovski,