Manchester City have moved even closer to signing impressive England U16 talent Spike Brits as Fabrizio Romano has revealed the starlet has passed a medical at the Etihad.
Brits is a 15-year-old goalkeeper who currently plays in the Wimbledon academy. He has been putting in some top performances at youth level, resulting in interest from Manchester United, Tottenham and Brentford.
In late April, Romano named City and Brentford as being ‘in talks’ over the shot-stopper’s signing. He added that City were ‘favourites’ to complete a deal at that point.
TEAMtalk then exclusively revealed how City were poised to reach an agreement with Wimbledon and take Brits to Manchester. They have agreed to pay Wimbledon a £200,000 compensation package.
Writing on Twitter, Romano has provided the latest information on Brits. He states that the keeper has ‘passed a medical’ with the Citizens, which means another obstacle has now been passed for the transfer to go ahead.
City and Wimbledon are set to sign the contracts, with the move to be announced ‘soon’.
Romano adds that City will have beaten ‘a lot of competition’ if they make Brits’ arrival official.
Brits may only be 15, but he is one of the highest rated young players in England. He could save City bags of money in the future by eventually making his way into their senior team and then becoming their first-choice keeper.
England youth talent could replace Ederson
Pep Guardiola’s current number one is Brazil international Ederson. He also has veteran Scott Carson and German Stefan Ortega in his squad.
As Ederson is 29, he could remain as City’s keeper for the next four or five years. When Ederson is coming towards the end of his career, Brits may gain promotion to the first team and challenge him for his starting spot in goal.
Brits may have played more from an early age if he went to Brentford, but City are great at developing top talents in their own right. Phil Foden breaking into Guardiola’s team has led the way for other young stars, such as Cole Palmer and Rico Lewis, to make their mark.
The Citizens will also have big decisions to make this summer on midfielders James McAtee and Tommy Doyle, who have both had good seasons on loan at Sheffield United in the Championship. The Blades are interested in signing Doyle permanently, and it is more likely City will sell him than McAtee.