City sent a scouting team to watch Germany midfielder Julian Draxler at Wembley on Tuesday night.
Sadly, they got little chance to run the rule as the highly-rated Schalke man was introduced late into the proceedings in the victory over England.
Ironically, United also had people at the game to watch the same player, who were sat in the row behind City.
Draxler has previously insisted he is happy developing in Germany right now, but it would appear clubs sense a deal could be struck next summer.
We had better start the bidding at £30m if the reports in his homeland are to be believed.