Pep Guardiola has explained why Man City are set to 'break British transfer record' for 15-year-old wonderkid
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Manchester City's latest rumoured move follows on from Pep Guardiola's comments about the club's emphasis on bringing in the best young players to the club.
They also have youngsters Rico Lewis and Oscar Bobb in the first-team squad but a new report from The Athletic claims the champions have agreed a seven-figure fee for a 15-year-old.
Highly-rated Finley Gorman currently plies his trade with Leeds United and is still on a schoolboy contract with the club.
Gorman, an attacking midfielder, holds the record for the youngest player to score a brace a Premier League Under-18 fixture, when he was aged just 14 years and 326 days.
He's now set to break a new record by becoming the most expensive 15-year-old in British football.
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Man City are to buy 15yo Finley Gorman from Leeds for a fee in excess of $1.2M, @TheAthleticFC reports. 👀
England U16 attacking midfielder already boasts impressive showreel; City continue to recruit cream of the English crop. 💫pic.twitter.com/aYX8BluCLh
A deal for the England Under 16 international is not a foregone conclusion but is expected to go ahead.
Because he is so young, Gorman is not yet eligible for a professional contract and will not be able to sign one until he turns 17 in 2025.
In his press conference ahead of the 4-4 draw with Chelsea, Guardiola discussed the importance of bringing down the average age of the squad by bringing in young talents.
"It’s a key point. When you have changes, their age is important," he said, as per the official Manchester City website.
“We can make one signing like Mateo [Kovacic] for example, but the other ones always we try to bring young, young, young players to make his career, to start his career and make his name in world football here.
“It's really, really important because it’s a financial issue and also sporting. We would love to have, always still, all the legends here to still play but time passes for everyone."