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Manchester City Eyeing A Summer Swoop For Boca Juniors Starlet: One For The Future?

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

According to BOLA Vip, Manchester City have approached Boca Juniors surrounding a potential move for two of their players including Exequiel Zeballos. The Premier League champions have been monitoring the progress of the Boca attacker for quite some time now and are now intent on signing him in the summer transfer window.

Who Is Exequiel Zeballos?

A native of Santiago del Estero, Exequiel Zeballos has been a part of the Boca Juniors setup since a young age. In recent years, the youngster has enjoyed a swift rise to prominence in the youth competitions, which led to his promotion to the senior side in the summer of 2020.

A right-winger by trade, Zeballos has not disappointed in professional football either, making quite an impression with his performances for the senior side. He has already made 17 competitive appearances for the club, notably scoring one goal and registering one assist during the 2021 edition.

Although Zeballos still has a long way to go before he can earn his professional breakthrough, his speed, dynamism and technical prowess have certainly caught the attention of several clubs across Europe. In addition to his skillset, the winger can offer a lot of versatility, as he can operate anywhere in the final third, including the false nine roles, making him a well-rounded option for any manager to have.

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BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA – DECEMBER 11: Exequiel Zeballos of Boca Juniors celebrates after scoring the third goal for his team during a match between Boca Juniors and Central Cordoba as part of Torneo Liga Profesional 2021 at Estadio Alberto J. Armando on December 11, 2021 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Daniel Jayo/Getty Images)
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A Good Option For Manchester City?

Manchester City are well acquainted with the South American market, given the number of players they have signed in the past. In Zeballos, coach Pep Guardiola could land yet another exciting talent, who is more than capable of making waves at the highest level of football.

Although the 19-year-old lacks experience at the top level, he has showcased his talent in the Argentine top-flight. Moreover, his dynamism and pace could bode well for the fast-paced nature of the Premier League, whereas the youngster also has the versatility that could make him an effective outlet in Guardiola’s Juego de posicion style of play.

Manchester City have already bagged one talented Argentine in the form of Julian Alvarez, who is set to arrive at the start of next season. Zeballos, to that end, could be another exciting addition to a team that is looking to build the core of a future setup that will be keen on retaining their sheer dominance over English football in the years to come.

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