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Manchester City Leading The Chase For This Spanish Youngster: One For The Future?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, The Sun has mentioned that Manchester City are leading the chase for Espanyol youngster Mateo Fernandez. It is understood that Man City boss Pep Guardiola is looking to bring in a long-term replacement for Sergio Aguero and could move in for the Spanish striker in the future (via The Sun).

Fernandez’s Rapid Rise In Spanish Football

Fernandez has come through Espanyol’s youth ranks and has done well to establish himself as a key member of their Under-19 team. The Spanish attacker has caught the eye at the youth level and seems destined to have a bright future in European football.

The 17-year-old is yet to make a senior appearance for the Spanish club but has already begun to show glimpses of his true potential in youth football. He is currently among Spain’s brightest young players, so it will be a massive coup for Man City if they can lure the promising starlet to the Etihad Stadium when the transfer window reopens later this year.

At 17, Fernandez is still quite raw and would need time to make the jump to first-team football. He has a lot of room for improvement but with the right people guiding him at Man City’s world-class academy, he could be nurtured into a future star in English football.

Manchester City leading the chase for Mateo Fernandez (Man City manager Pep Guardiola is seen in the picture)
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Is Fernandez A Prospect For The Future?

Fernandez is a dominant presence in the air as he can win his fair share of aerial duels using his strength and power. He is a technically gifted footballer who can link up play well with others around him in the final third. The Spanish whizkid has also got the potential to score or create goals up top that make him such a great prospect.

Hence, Man City should consider making a move to bring Fernandez to the northwest of England as he is undeniably a prospect to watch out for in the future. He will improve the quality of Man City’s academy and could grow into a top talent under the watchful eyes of Pep Guardiola.

Fernandez is a star in the making as long as he can continue to take strides towards improving himself with each season. With all things considered, he will be an excellent long-term option for the Mancunian giants and would add some healthy competition for Liam Delap in the race for a place in Guardiola’s squad in the years to come.

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