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According to a recent report by CalcioMercato, reigning Premier League champions Manchester City are among a host of top European clubs currently considering the purchase of 17-year-old Paris Saint-Germain star Edouard Michut. The youngster has already been branded as ‘the new Verratti’, and with good reason. The report suggests that the likes of Barcelona, Juventus and even Valencia are all keen on the young Frenchman’s signature.

It has been suggested that the teenager had scouts from Barcelona watching him. Despite the undeniable quality that is indicated by the sheer number of suitors for his signature, what’s perhaps surprising is that the youngster is only contracted to the Parisian club until the end of 2021.

This means that the midfielder could be acquired for a reasonably nominal fee in the upcoming transfer window – a situation that all the interested parties are well aware of.

What Makes Edouard Michut Such An Attractive Prospect?

The 17-year-old was born in the quaint French commune of Aix-les-Baines, back in 2003. Having begun his youth career at FC Le Chesnay, the youngster then went on to join the much more renowned FC Versailles. It was when Michut finally turned 13 that the Frenchman was identified as a future talent by the Paris Saint-Germain scouts, and his development since that move to the French capital has been rapid, to say the least.

Four years down the line and Michut is one of the most exciting talents to have come out of the PSG academy in recent years. Also, the fact that he’s yet to sign a professional contract at the club could come as motivation to some of the teams looking into the possibility of signing him. Despite being just 17, the midfielder shows excellent maturity while on the pitch, and that’s one of the reasons so many of the continent’s top clubs are after his services.

Although he prefers to operate in the pivot position just in front of the centre-halves, the youngster’s diminutive stature and physical frame could turn out to be an issue in the gritty and fast-paced action of the Premier League. With that said though, it must be conceded that the Frenchman is a sensational carrier of the ball. Adept at getting past challenges and finding a pass in the middle of the park, the youngster offers excellent composure as well as vision in even the most high-pressure situations.

Why Manchester City Must Go For Michut’s Signature This Summer?

The youngster looks to be a strong midfield prospect. Although he’s been likened to Verratti because of his ability to maintain composure under pressure, the fact remains that Michut has enough potential and quality to develop a much more balanced skill-set than the Italian. From Manchester City’s perspective, the youngster could be viewed as the eventual long-term replacement for David Silva, who turned 34 earlier this year. Although competition from the likes of Barcelona and Juventus will be hard to overcome, City will do well to go all out for the Frenchman’s services this summer.

Nikhil has been an avid Chelsea fan for as long as the concept of time has existed and rumours say that he even bleeds blue. Having lived in the UK for 3 years, Nikhil is said to have an excellent understanding of the atmosphere surrounding the English game. His role model is the greatest manager of all time - Jose Mourinho.