Man City have won the race to sign 17-year-old Brazilian sensation Yan Couto, beating out Arsenal and Barcelona in the process, according to the Brazilian media.
Pep Guardiola’s men have experienced tough times of late, with the news of their two-year Champions League ban and €30 million fine compounding their domestic struggles as Liverpool run away with the Premier League.
Good news appears to have emerged, however, in the form of the acquisition of one of Brazil’s hottest prospects.
The right-back was the subject of speculation during the January window, with the Citizens tipped to have acquired the man dubbed the ‘new Dani Alves’ ahead of a summer move.
The SportWitness article adds that a further €6m could be owed by City pending ‘performance bonuses’ that relate to appearance milestones in the Premier League and Champions League.
The move will reportedly materialise in the summer window after Couto has turned 18.
Fellow English side Arsenal are credited as having made an approach to sign the youngster, along with interest from Spanish heavyweight Barcelona.
Meanwhile, one pundit has explained why a current Gunner who is a target for Liverpool may not have the instant success he has enjoyed at the Emirates, should he make the switch to Anfield.
“He looks like a really good player, but he’s incredibly young,” Steve McManaman said in his column for HorseRacing.net.
“If there are contract issues and he ever becomes available on a free transfer then that’s a no brainer because you’re taking someone on a free contract who’s young and has a lot of potential.
“It all depends on numerous things such as economics and whether it’s a deal that Liverpool thinks is worth doing. They may think that it’s a deal not necessarily in need, but they may do it anyway.”