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Man Utd and Liverpool set for transfer battle… for a 15-year-old wonderkid | Football | Sport

The Premier League giants are ready to battle it out with one another Birmingham striker Romello Mitchell, according to The Sun.

Mitchell has caught the eye after scoring against both teams’ academies in recent games.

Mitchell, now 15, will be 16 by the time the transfer window reopens, where he can quit Chelsea for a small compensation fee

It’s far from the big name Manchester United fans will be after and it comes days after Jose Mourinho claimed the club are struggling because they no longer rule the transfer market.

Mourinho said United have lost their unrivalled power to buy any player they want and are suffering as a result.

In the past United raided Tottenham for players such as Michael Carrick and Dimitar Berbatov.

But Mourinho said there is no way United could now take Harry Kane or Deli Alli away from Spurs.

He said: “Is Manchester United by its history, by its dimension, bigger than Tottenham?

“But can you buy Tottenham’s best players? No, because they don’t sell. Of course they are so powerful they can say no.

“A few years ago, who was Tottenham’s best player? Carrick. And a few years later, who was their best? Berbatov.

“Can we go there now and bring Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eriksen, Son? Can we go there and bring those players here? No. So who is more powerful?”

Mourinho has spent about £382.5million since taking over at United, while City rival Pep Guardiola has presided over an estimated £525m overhaul.

Asked why United were unable to match City for spending, despite being the richest club in the world with an estimated value of £3billion, Mourinho pointed an accusing finger.

“I cannot say the answer because one of the answers you had a few weeks ago,” said Mourinho in a clear reference to the allegations that City flouted Financial Fair Play regulations to sign players.

“But football has changed.

“It’s more difficult to buy players of a high, high, high level. Before the smaller clubs were almost begging the big clubs ‘get my best players, I need to sell – please, you are powerful’.

“In this moment they don’t want to sell. So it’s more difficult to make the team better and stronger with buying, unless you do what some clubs do and for some reason they can do this and others cannot. It’s difficult.

“We do what we can. Last season it was fantastic to finish second and we’re fighting hard. I know that we have to do better than what we’re doing, absolutely.

“But one thing is to do better, another is to compare ourselves with what United was in the past. It’s impossible.”

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