Man City beat Tottenham, Chelsea to record deal for young keeper

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Manchester City have won the battle to sign the highly-rated young Irish goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu from Shamrock Rovers.

The 16-year-old has cost City around £420,000, which is a record for a non-professional signing in Ireland.

Bazunu was the subject of a serious bids from Tottenham and also visited Chelsea in the build-up to making the decision over his future.

Spurs’ relationship with Rovers, which was forged when they played each other in the Europa League in 2011, had given the north London club confidence that they could get the player – however, City’s offer was too good to refuse.

Bazunu has spent this week with his family in Manchester and signed terms after meeting City’s academy director Jason Wilcox.

The youngster has had a remarkable start to his senior career so far, making his debut for Rovers in the League of Ireland Premier Division and also playing in the Europa League qualifiers. He has also kept four consecutive clean sheets at the start of the new campaign.

A date on when he will officially sign is yet to have been agreed but Bazunu will be able to sign his first pro deal when he turns 17 in February.


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