Man United and Man City are set to battle for the signature of Hoffenheim midfielder Ilay Elmkies. According to The Sun, the Israel Under-19 international has caught the attention of Pep Guardiola's scouting network. Ilay Elmkies has been compared to Bayern Munich's Thiago Alcantara. The player was also impressive for the Bundesliga outfit when they faced Man City in last season's UEFA Youth League. READ: How the 2019/20 Premier League Match Day 1 fixtures for the top 6 could pan out Meanwhile, city rivals Manchester United also have eyes on the 19-year-old. Man City. on the other hand, are keen on shoring up their midfield places and are close to completing a deal for Atletico Madrid's Rodri who is viewed as the heir to Fernandinho.