Man City beat Man United to Barcelona youth star Juan Larrios

Manchester City have reportedly beaten Manchester United to sign highly rated Barcelona youth player Juan Larios in January.

The 15-year-old is a star for the Blaugrana’s Juvenile B team and is ‘very close’ to joining the English champions in a deal next month, according to a recent Diario Sport report.

The Catalan club have made an attempt to renew his contract on improved terms but the player appears to have his heart set on a move to Manchester.

Now a report in the Daily Record claims City have beaten their Manchester rivals to the ‘next Jordi Alba’ and are likely to pay a compensation package around €400k.

Larios is naturally a left-back and has been regarded as a rising star in Spanish football for many years, with Barca themselves fighting off competition from multiple clubs – including Real Madrid – to incorporate him into their youth system.

Larios celebrates his 16th birthday on 12 January and this will allow him to then join another club on professional terms thereafter.

The full-back will join former Barca youth graduates Eric García (who debuted in the Champions League this week) and Adrià Bernabé at City.

Image via Diario Sport

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