Man City is on the brink of signing the 18-year-old Portuguese winger Felix Correia, but what exactly can he bring to a table full of champions?
Sporting Lisbon fans were banging on the door demanding that this young prodigy got a sniff at first-team football last season in Liga Nos. However, he is yet to make a senior appearance for both club and country.
Felix Correia would be a relatively safe signing for the blues, as the signing is going to cost only around £3million, and will likely be sent on loan upon his arrival to the Etihad.
Correia has been compared to the likes of the former Manchester United winger Nani, he is very direct, skilful, and loves to beat the defender. He is capable of playing on either wing as well as attacking-midfielder positions, making him similar to rival signing Daniel James for Manchester United. It appears big clubs are finding extreme value in versatile players.
The Portuguese scored 11 goals for Portugal’s under 17s and under 18s over the course of 22 games, which is where Correia began to hit the limelight.
For Manchester City after his likely loan, he could likely return as a much more experienced player who has learnt the ins and outs of beating defenders. With the likes of Sane and Sterling on the wings for the blues, it is evident that pacey and skilful wingers are a crucial feature in the way they play, and securing the deal of a pacey and skilful winger could simultaneously secure the methods instilled by Guardiola after his departure.
Due to a lack of senior football, it is difficult to analyse the 18-year-old, however, it is very likely that Manchester City has had their eyes on the youngster and have had him heavily scouted over recent months.
The deal is set to be announced over the next 48 hours.