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One to Watch: Man City Sign Portuguese Wonderkid

The Daily Mail has reported how Manchester City have signed an 18-year-old winger from Sporting Lisbon. The Football Manc Cave take a closer look.

Felix Correia has decided to join the blues from Sporting Lisbon, and it’s believed that the league champions will pay £3.2 million upfront for him. He’s managed to impress some of the biggest clubs this summer and has gained interest from all over Europe. However, Pep Guardiola’s side has obviously offered him the most appealing move and why wouldn’t you go to Man City at that age?

Sporting Lisbon has wished him all the best and ‘professional happiness’ ahead of his move. The teenager is yet to experience first-team football so when there is confirmation of his apparent 5-year deal, it’s also expected that he will be going on a loan straight away.

Correia shone for Portugal’s Under 19’s in the European Championships last month when he managed to reach the final with his side, only to lose 2-0 to Spain. It was in that time that clubs all over Europe had their eye him and he managed to impress.

This transfer to Man City is now being compared to the move that Cristiano Ronaldo made to Man United 16 years ago. Ronaldo was also 18 years old when he made the move to Manchester. Fans and pundits are claiming that this transfer will shadow the move that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner made.

These claims will be cleared up when he’s seen in action whether that be for Man City or with whoever he goes on loan to. It sounds like he’s got a bright future ahead of him in the footballing world.

Bernardo Silva: Ballon d’Or Favourite After Exceptional Season?

After winning the UEFA Nations League player of the tournament, could Bernardo Silva be in the running for the Ballon d’Or award?

It would be fair to say that Silva has had a remarkable season, he’s won three trophies with Man City and now been a part of the winning Nations League team. However, the Premier League have overlooked the 24-year-old and have shown to be more in favour of Sterling’s efforts and Van Dijk.

It is now being discussed to who will win this year’s Ballon d’Or award and understandably, Silva’s name is in the mix. 

Virgil Van Dijk is set to be favourite to win the award after his impressive season and a Champions League win. Lionel Messi is also in the running, which is standard. Now that Silva is being recognised for his efforts, maybe the City star will earn another trophy for his collection.

When Bernardo won the Nations League player of the tournament, teammate Ronaldo didn’t seem too impressed, maybe he expected the award himself but if Silva also takes home the Ballon d’Or, how will 5-time winner Ronaldo take that news? 

Personally, I think it’s about time a City player won the award as they have been looked over for years. Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man United and even Leicester have all had more recognition from the French award officials than City have had in a decade.

The closest that a City player has been to take this award home was Kevin De Bruyne last year when he came in 9th place. So can Bernardo Silva set another City record by getting further up that list or even topping it? I really do hope so, I’m just not convinced that he will get as much of a look in as others, after he’s already won one award for his individual efforts this year and several team awards.