Manchester City have been keeping a close eye on RCD Espanyol’s Mateo Fernandez. Fernandez, 17, is a dual-nation eligible striker who is eligible to play for both, England and Spain.
The 17-year-old has been termed as a bright prospect and is said to be ‘technically good and physically strong’. Needless to say, he fits the description of players and strikers in particular, who have found success playing in the Premier League.
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With Manchester City losing their most prolific goal-scorer and club legend in Sergio Aguero as a free agent to Barcelona, it is obvious that the newly-crowned Premier League champions will be on the hunt for a new number nine.
Though Pep Guardiola didn’t employ a striker for the majority of the season, Fernandez can be regarded as one for the future.
Alan Nixon has revealed that Manchester City are not the only ones keeping a close watch on the prospect. FC Barcelona seem to have entered the frame with the former La Liga champions struggling to nail down a proper number nine for their squad ever since Luis Suarez left the club.
While there is no indication at the sum that one would be looking at for Mateo Fernandez, perhaps things could get clearer this summer or the next one.
Fernandez is yet to make his debut in the La Liga Santander but with him making regular appearances for Espanyol’s B Team, his debut is not too far away.
If the Blaugrana does complete the move for the youngster, he will be slotted into the famous B team of Barcelona.
Barcelona have already signed Eric Garcia and Sergio Aguero from Manchester City as free agents. The Spanish giants have also been linked with Aymeric Laporte and Raheem Sterling. It remains to be seen if the former La Liga champions can sign Laporte, given their delicate economic situation. When it comes to Sterling, however, it is going to get really difficult for the Blaugrana to land the former Liverpool man.