Leny Yoro, a skilled and promising defender from Lille, has captured the interest of both Manchester City and Manchester United, setting the stage for a potential rivalry between the two clubs. According to The Mirror, United are optimistic about acquiring the services of the 18-year-old prodigy, although City may obstruct their plans. Despite his youth, Yoro has consistently been a key player for Lille in Ligue 1 this season, and his performances have been impressive. United has demonstrated their commitment to nurturing young talents by investing more than £150m in players like Antony and Rasmus Hojlund during recent transfer periods. The possibility of Yoro transferring to Manchester may be affected by City’s difficulties in defense, as Pep Guardiola evaluates his choices. Yoro has already achieved a significant milestone at Lille, becoming the second-youngest player to debut for the club, with only Eden Hazard ahead of him.
In unrelated transfer updates, Barcelona has shown interest in Bruno Guimaraes, the Brazilian midfielder from Newcastle United. According to The Sun, Barcelona’s pursuit of Guimaraes might potentially trigger a transfer that brings Ruben Neves, the Al-Hilal midfielder, to Newcastle. Newcastle has secured Guimaraes’ services until 2028, demonstrating his commitment to the club. However, Barcelona views him as their top pick for a holding midfielder. Additionally, Barcelona is assessing other potential options, namely Youssouf Fofana from Monaco and Amadou Onana from Everton. Nevertheless, Barcelona’s financial difficulties may require them to explore alternative methods of financing the transfer. On the contrary, Newcastle may be hesitant to part ways with Guimaraes as they are already lacking midfielders and seeking to strengthen their squad. The Mail reports that there is a possibility of a swap deal between Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United concerning Jadon Sancho. Sancho, who has not been in favor at Old Trafford and has been absent from the club’s matches since September, could potentially be involved in a transfer where Dortmund would be interested in acquiring United’s Donyell Malen. However, Dortmund will only permit Malen’s departure if Sancho is included in the deal or if United pays €30m (£25.7m). Given Sancho’s previous successful stint at Dortmund, a return to the club might be an attractive prospect for him. According to The Athletic, it has been reported that Jonny Otto, a Wolves defender, is likely to depart from the club in the winter transfer window due to a “training ground incident.” The 29-year-old has been excluded from participating in first-team training until the end of January. It was previously anticipated that Jonny would leave the club last summer when his contract comes to an end. Despite featuring in both of Wolves’ Carabao Cup matches, Jonny has only made a single appearance in the Premier League this season.