MANCHESTER City are ready to cash in on their partnership with MLS club New York City and snap up England Under-21 international Jack Harrison.
The 20-year-old winger earned his first call-up to the England Under-21 squad this week following his remarkable rise in the United States.
Manchester United are also keen, but City have first refusal because of their ties with the American club. It will be especially galling to miss out on Harrison for the Old Trafford outfit – in 2011 he quit their academy to chance his arm in the States.
Bolton-born Harrison came through the ranks at United alongside a certain Marcus Rashford, but left the UK at the age of 14 and pursue a career in America – taking a scholarship in Massachusetts.
He joined New York City FC two years ago and the youngster has thrived at the club ever since, developing alongside the likes of World Cup-winners David Villa and Andrea Pirlo as well as former New York City star Frank Lampard.
A Manchester City source told the paper: “City will have first dibs on Harrison at New York if he continues his rapid progress.
“It's sure to rub United up the wrong way after what happened to him as a kid. He's having a great time over in the US.
“City are hearing positive things from the execs in New York and that Harrison is an exciting late bloomer.”