Manchester City have advantage over Manchester United in chase for England U21 midfielder – report

Manchester City have a first refusal on New York City FC sensation Jack Harrison, which could see them beat neighbours Manchester United to the 20-year-old, according to The Sun.

Despite playing his club football in the USA with City’s sister club, Stoke-born Harrison has been called into the latest England under-21 squad because of his impressive performances in New York.

Both Manchester clubs are said to be keeping an eye on midfielder Harrison, who left the Manchester United academy to move to America with the Manhattan Soccer Club as a 14-year-old, and now lines up alongside David Villa and Andrea Pirlo for NYCFC.

And the connection between Manchester City and New York City FC means City have a first option to sign Harrison, as reported by The Sun, something Blues bosses may be eager to use even if it is to sell him for profit.

City imported Aaron Mooy from another City Football Group club, Melbourne City, in the summer of 2016, acquiring him for no fee then selling him to Huddersfield Town for an initial £8million after the Australian international spent a successful year on loan at The Terriers.

Harrison could be asked to train with City in the near future to give Pep Guardiola a closer look, and considering the premium on talented young English players in the current market, the City boss may even want to integrate him into the squad if he makes a good impression.

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