Manchester City have confirmed that they have beaten Barcelona to the signing of Brazil youth international Yan Couto from Coritiba.
Diario Sport claims that the defender will sign a five-year deal this summer, with €6million being paid up-front and a further €6m in instalments.
In January, Globoesporte and Yahoo Sports had reported that City had doubled an offer from the Blaugrana for the defender, with the Catalan giants ready to pay €5m for Couto.
The teenager starred for Brazil in the recent Under-17 World Cup, helping his nation win the tournament despite picking up a straight red card in his first match.
Arsenal and Bayer Leverkusen were also said to be keen on the diminutive but pacy 17-year-old full-back, but City appear to have won the race for his signature.
Couto has yet to make his debut for the Coritiba first-team but is widely regarded as one of the brightest prospects coming out of Brazilian football, and the deal for Coritiba represents a club-record transfer.
Meanwhile, Paul Merson has completely dismissed any notion that Manchester City can still have a better season than Liverpool if they win every trophy on offer but finish second in the Premier League.
Speaking on The Debate, Merson feels winning the Premier League over a 38-game season is a bigger achievement than winning the Champions League, and feels the domestic cup competitions come down to fortune and squad size. Read more…