Manchester City are known for going under the radar and signing some hidden gems.
The latest reports in England and Spain suggest that Manchester City are monitoring Espanyol striker Mateo Fernandez.
He has been subject to interest from various European clubs.
The 17-year-old has been touted as one of the brightest young prospects in Spain.
Manchester City are looking to sign a striker and have identified the 17-year-old as potential transfer target.
Pep Guardiola has always been a manager who keeps his eyes on the most talented young players across the globe. He is a known admirer of the player and is reportedly keen on the idea of bringing him this summer.
The English giants are desperate to make an impact in the summer transfer window.
The Spain international provides a unique blend between a classic center-forward and the modern striker. His finishing abilities when in and around the box will come as a massive asset to Guardiola’s side.
According to the report, “Manchester City are chasing young Espanyol striker Mateo Fernandez. Fernandez, 17, was born in Spain but his family are English and he may be moving back to the UK for his next move. The teenager qualifies for both countries. He is seen by City as a player they can bring through because he is physically strong and technically good. Pep Guardiola is believed to be looking for striker reinforcements with the club’s all-time top scorer Sergio Aguero set to leave this summer.”
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City will have to come up with the right proposal to convince Mateo Fernandez to join the club.
Good signing for Manchester City?
It is smart from the club to invest in younger players, rather than splashing out big money on experienced players with no resale value.
Fernandez is still quite young and he will only get better with experience. He would be a good long term investment for Manchester City.
Stylistically, he would be a great fit in Manchester City.
How strong that interest is and whether Manchester City will make a move remains to be seen but it is certainly one worth keeping an eye on.
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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.