Marlos Moreno’s expected move to Manchester City has been confirmed tonight by Colombia’s Olympic team coach, Carlos ‘Piscis’ Restrepo, who will manage the under-23 national team at the Rio games.
Restrepo said that City and Ajax haven’t agreed to lend Moreno and Davinson Sanchéz, respectively, to the Olympic team as the clubs have their own plans for the players.
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19-year-old Moreno is joining City from Atlético Nacional in a structured deal worth £8.23 million and he is expected to be loaned out first, with La Liga side Deportivo La Coruña mooted as his most likely destination. An announcement isn’t expected until after the Copa Libertadores after Nacional advanced to the two-legged final (July 19 and 27).
BBC South American football correspondent Tim Vickery spoke highly of Moreno earlier this year, saying, “Not since the likes of Sergio Aguero, Alexis Sanchez and Neymar have I been so enthusiastic about a young player.”
Moreno is an explosive winger/forward with great agility, balance and footwork. He is City’s second big teenage signing of the summer after Oleksandr Zinchenko, while at academy level, Benjamin Garré and Lorenzo Gonzalez have been added to bolster the youth set-up.
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