City are willing to pay £20m and want him in the summer.
Manchester City aren’t afraid of spending money in the transfer window. There is no denying that heavy investment has been a driving force behind their recent domestic success. The Citizens have spent over £50 million – breaking records along the way – for the likes of Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker, Riyadh Mahrez and Aymeric Laporte.
As a result, Guardiola has been given the tools to secure two League Cup victories, one Premier League title and there’s potential for another slew of trophies before the end of the season.
However, City haven’t only been spending on established stars but they have shown a keen eye for the future with their investment in the club’s academy. It seems Pep is keen to sign the new ‘Lionel Messi’.
Manchester City are hopeful of signing Argentine teenager Thiago Almada in a £20million deal, according to reports. Almada, who turns 18 on Friday, is the latest South American to be dubbed the ‘new Lionel Messi’ and starts regularly for Velez Sarsfield in Argentina’s Primera Division.
Reports suggest Pep Guardiola has sent scouts to watch Almada and he is one of the City boss’ top targets. The Premier League side are prepared to sign him for a huge fee, despite his age, in order to get him a work permit if they can do the deal, according to The Sun. However, should City fail to secure a work permit, they would loan Almada to Spanish partners club Girona, who they will use quite regularly in the next couple of years as part of the plan to capture the next crop of talented players.
Almada has shown is versatility going forward, playing out wide and centrally, but is predominantly an attacking midfielder. This season, Almada who has been causing plenty of excitement in his homeland, has made 16 appearances for the club, scoring three goals with a further two assists as well.
Almada is rated the best young talent in his homeland and his explosive and clever skills have marked him out as the latest to be compared to Barcelona great Messi. Experts reckon he could be the real deal and more likely than any other player to become a world force like his fellow countryman. The handling of academy graduate Foden has certainly drawn criticism this season, recent games suggest the Englishman has been managed perfectly and hopefully that trend continues.
It sounds for all intents and purposes that Almada would be the perfect player for City, assuming he was given enough game-time to continue his progression in the professional ranks. It seems City are ready to make their latest move in the world of academy football and it could be their biggest yet.