Man City beat Premier League rivals to sign La Liga star next summer

Man City beat Premier League rivals to sign La Liga star next summer

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Manchester have agreed their first signing of the 2024 summer transfer window.

According to Fabrizio Romano, City have agreed to sign Brazilian attacker Savio from French club Troyes, a member of the City Football Group (CFG).

The 19-year-old is currently on a season-long loan at Girona, also a member of the CFG.

According to Romano, documents will be signed in the coming days after bids from German and English clubs were rejected.

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Savio has impressed City chiefs since joining Girona last summer, having scored five goals and assisted seven more in 23 La Liga outings this season.

The teenager’s impact has been a big factor behind Girona’s surprise title challenge; Michel’s side are currently second in the table, two points behind leaders Real Madrid but six ahead of Barcelona and eight above Atletico Madrid.

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Savio joined Troyes from Brazilian side Atletico Mineiro as an 18 year old in the summer of 2022, with the French club paying a club record fee of €6.5 million (£5.57 million).

The attacker has not made an appearance for his parent club, and will now join City at the end of the season once his loan in Spain has ended.

When Savio was still playing for Brazilian side Atletico Mineiro, the player himself rejected a move to Arsenal in favour of joining a CFG side as he held aspirations of playing for Pep Guardiola’s City.

“I knew that Troyes was the City Group and I thought that by working I could one day reach Manchester City,” he said in an interview with Spanish newspaper Sport last year. “Of course, I will have to do very well here in Girona.”

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