In an enormous blow to the two Manchester clubs, Steve McManaman has predicted Borussia Dortmund sensation Erling Haaland's next club will be Real Madrid.
The 21-year-old has carried on his startling goalscoring form for Dortmund, having scored 11 in 8 appearances this season. At such a young age, there is no telling his potential and could wind up as one of the greatest goalscorers in the game's history.
In light of this, Europe's biggest clubs have been hot on the tails of the 15-time Norway international, owing to his bargain release clause set to activate in next summer's transfer window.
With a figure reported to be around the €75million (£64.2m) mark, Haaland's signature will represent enormous value for the European giant that manages to secure his signature. Understandably, Manchester City and Manchester United have placed themselves at the front of the queue, but they are expected to face stiff competition from Real Madrid, PSG and Liverpool.
Despite the apparent desires of the Manchester clubs to bring the Leeds-born striker back to England, Liverpool and Madrid hero McManaman expects Haaland to move to the Spanish capital next summer, potentially linking up with fellow Golden Ball winner Kylian Mbappe.
When asked by horseracing.net whether he sees Haaland joining Liverpool, McManaman replied: "Do I believe Liverpool will be in the race to sign Erling Haaland next summer? No.
"I really believe there's a possibility he will head to Real Madrid, and I think the player personally fancies Real Madrid and the lifestyle that comes with playing for them.
"I don't think the transfer fee is the reason that Liverpool won't be in the market for Erling. I believe it's all the other variables that come with signing a player of his calibre.
"He would command a big wage, and once you pay one player a huge amount of money, then all the other players are going to want the same.
"Mino Raiola would want a tonne of money for not only Haaland but for himself too, and I don't think Liverpool would want any part in that."
Despite the 37-time England international concentrating on Liverpool, he expects Haaland to Madrid, the club where he became the first English player to win the Champions League on two occasions.
The biggest stumbling block in a deal for either of the Manchester clubs could be Raiola, who United and City have had trouble with in the past. The super-agent is involved with Paul Pogba and is often throwing the Frenchman's name into the transfer mill, seemingly at the detriment of the player. He most recently flirted with Pogba's former club Juventus, admitting that his client loved his time in Turin.
Relations between Raiola and Pep Guardiola are even worse. There is a public history of arguments the pair have had, starting with when Zlatan Ibrahimovic played under the Catalan coach at Barcelona.
During a 2015 interview with Gazzetta Dello Sport, Raiola said: "Pep Guardiola, the coach, is fantastic. As a person, he's an absolute zero. He's a coward, a dog.
"He's a classic priest. 'Do as I tell you – don't do what I do...'
"If Manchester City wins the Champions League this season, it will emphasise what a good coach he is – but I'll hate it."