Credited with a long-standing interest in Rochdale teenager Luke Matheson, according to the Chronicle, a Daily Mirror report claiming both Manchester clubs are now interested, may frustrate Newcastle.
The report in September claimed Newcastle had been monitoring the right-back, who turned 17 earlier this month, long before he scored at Old Trafford in the EFL Cup.
With Newcastle’s current focus on improving the youth set-up, a highly-rated prospect like Matheson would have been a perfect addition.
But if both Manchester United and City are now lurking, luring the youngster to Tyneside may prove difficult.
The new report alleges the two Manchester clubs could get into a bidding war over the player, with him said to be valued at around £10 million.
Newcastle unlikely to beat Manchester clubs to Matheson’s signature
Whether Newcastle would even attempt to compete with the two Premier League big guns, is doubtful, with the attraction of two of Europe’s elite clubs likely to be too great to turn down.
Not to mention the higher salary the two north west clubs would be able to offer Matheson.
But other than those mentioned above, another huge advantage they would have over Newcastle, is simply their location.
Rochdale is a mere 12.5 miles away from Manchester, and with Matheson still studying his A-levels, he would be able to stay living where he is and continue attending his school or college that he is currently at.
So as much as it would be fantastic to bring the talented defender to St James’ Park, all the signs point to him signing for Pep Guardiola or Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.