Manchester City set to confirm £23m teenager as second January signing

Date published: Friday 4th December 2020 4:35 - Isaac Johnson

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Manchester City are close to completing a deal for eighteen-year-old Gremio midfielder Diego Rosa, according to a report.

Manchester Evening News says that the club have agreed an initial fee of £5.2million for the youngster.

The cost of the deal could potentially increase to £23million should he make the first team, the source says.

It adds that Pep Guardiola has been keeping tabs on the midfielder for a while and now it looks like he will get his man.

Rosa is expected to be shipped out on loan to straight away following confirmation of the transfer.

 

 

Belgian club Lommel, who are the latest outfit to join the City Football Group, are likely to be the recipients.

The Brazilian was part of the squad that won the Under-17s World Cup in 2019 and follows in the footsteps of former teammate Yan Couto who also earned a move to City.

Rosa will become the second player to sign for Guardiola’s side ahead of January after the club agreed a deal for Filip Stevanovic in October.

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Manchester Evening News claims that the four-time Premier League champions are unlikely to bring in any big names in the Winter transfer window.


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High praise for promising youngster

Gremio Under-20 manager Cesar Lopes lauded over Rosa when recently speaking to the press.

According to Manchester Evening News, the coach highlighted his player’s many talents as well as testifying to his character.

He said: “He has a good pass, can use both right and left foot and infiltrates the area well. He marks well and does the offensive part too.

“Diego is a highly competitive, dedicated athlete, who trains with the same intensity as he plays.

“He is a modern midfielder who defends well, attacks and gets forward into the box, as a surprise player. So he is used to scoring goals – and he hits hard from outside the area.”

 

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