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Manchester City midfielder in Verona for medical ahead of loan move that could become permanent

Argentine midfielder Bruno Zuculini is set for his sixth loan move since joining Manchester City two-and-a-half years ago from boyhood side Racing Club.

The 23-year-old is joining his older brother, Franco Zuculini, on loan in Italy at Serie B side Hellas Verona, who were keen on Bruno last summer. Instead, City decided to loan him to Rayo Vallecano in Spain’s Segunda División, but he has not even made their matchday squad since November.

Zuculini has also had loan spells at Valencia, Córdoba, Middlesbrough and AEK Athens, as City sought to unlock the potential they invested in, but none of the loan moves have been considered successful.

However, the central midfielder has an admirer in Hellas Verona sporting director Filippo Fusco, and Zuculini is already in Verona for a medical, according to Sky Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio.

Once he passes his medical, Zuculini will join the Italian side for the rest of the season and they will have an option to buy him permanently for €3.5 million (£3 million), which would see Manchester City receive double the £1.5 million they were reported to have paid for the former Argentina under-20 international in 2014.

18:30 UPDATE: Zuculini has been photographed at Verona’s headquarters and has undergone his medical, suggesting an announcement is close.

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