Date: 6th May 2020 at 12:00pm
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According to a report from Daily Mirror journalist David Maddock, the Sky Blues look set to tussle with bitter Premier League rivals Liverpool over the signature of ‘prized‘ European talent Aster Vranckx – and the teenager could apparently be made available for just £1.5 million. 

Vranckx, who has started seven games for Belgian side KV Mechelen this season, registering a goal and two assists in that time, apparently burst on to the scene earlier this campaign before scoring in a 2-0 win over Anderlecht back in February.

Despite having watched him previously, scouts sent by both City and Liverpool have been particularly impressed with the youngster’s recent development – so much so that they now plan to go head to head for his signature as the recent pandemic clouds a money-spending market.

Should City focus on youth development this summer?

Yes, the market is too unpredictable

Yes, the market is too unpredictable

No, we need to bolster the squad

No, we need to bolster the squad

A scout report from Bristol Live claims that the 17-year-old has a ‘high footballing IQ‘ and plays in the ‘no.6′ role akin to City midfielder Fernandinho’s natural position – with his tall and athletic build potentially enticing Sky Blue scouts to seriously consider a swoop for the teenager.

While it’s certainly unclear that he could replicate our Brazilian club legend in future years, the fact he could be made available for as little as £1.5m may represent a potential bargain in the air.

Indeed, according to Maddock, City have sent representatives to watch the midfielder on ‘three separate occasions‘ – potentially highlighting a strong interest.

As the market becomes unpredictable due to the impact of a recent pandemic, any perceived bargain buy should be welcomed at the Etihad.

 
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