Manchester City transfer news: Pep Guardiola keen to sign teenager Thiago Almada dubbed the ‘new Lionel Messi’


Manchester City transfer news: Pep Guardiola keen to sign teenager Thiago Almada dubbed the ‘new Lionel Messi’

Manchester City are hopeful of signing Argentine teenager Thiago Almada in a £20million deal, according to reports.

Almada, who turns 18 on Friday, is the latest South American to be dubbed the ‘new Lionel Messi’ and starts  regularly for Velez Sarsfield in Argentina’s Primera Division.

Reports suggest Pep Guardiola has sent scouts to watch Almada and he is one of the City boss’ top targets.

Thiago Almada (right) is wanted by Man City

The Premier League side are prepared to sign him for a huge fee, despite his age, in order to get him a work permit if they can do the deal, according to The Sun.

However, should City fail to secure a work permit, they would loan Almada to Spanish partners club Ginoa, who they will use quite regularly in the next couple of years as part of the plan to capture the next crop of talented players.