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Man Utd face battle with City for right-back with more goals than Rashford

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JEREMIE FRIMPONG could find himself at the centre of a summer head-to-head between both Manchester clubs.

City and United are keen on the highly-rated Dutchman, who joined Celtic five years ago and now plays for Bundesliga frontrunners Bayer Leverkusen.

Manchester United and Manchester City are interested in Bayer Leverkusen star Jeremie Frimpong

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Manchester United and Manchester City are interested in Bayer Leverkusen star Jeremie FrimpongCredit: Rex

But United have also made regular visits to watch him at Bayer Leverkusen, where he has shone in their march towards a first Bundesliga title.

Frimpong, 23, has a one-off £35million release clause that can only be activated this summer, despite a contract which runs until 2028.

City see him as a potential long-term successor to Kyle Walker, who name-checked the youngster on England duty last week.

Wing-back Frimpong, who spent two years at Celtic before moving to Germany in 2021, can play on either flank, and Bayer have also used him in midfield.

Frimpong spent over a decade at City’s academy before his move to Celtic and the fact he would be classed as home-grown and academy-trained is another financial plus to Etihad bosses.

They are aware of their neighbours’ interest in a man who has scored 11 goals with as many assists in Leverkusen’s astonishing season.

United’s new regime sees Frimpong as having the perfect profile in terms of age and asking price.

Defender Frimpong has scored more times than forward Marcus Rashford this season who has endured a difficult term struggling to find his old form with just seven goals and two assists.

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And although Germany’s champions-elect are desperate to keep him, they will be powerless if either Manchester club triggers the release fee.

United are looking to bolster their frontline next season under new small-stake owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe as the Red Devis.

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Erik ten Hag‘s squad are currently battling it out with Tottenham and Aston Villa for a top-four finish to secure their Champions League sport for the next campaign.

They are currently 11 points adrift from Villa so have a lot of catching up to do in their last nine games.

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