Manchester City completed the signing of promising Venezuelan midfielder, Yangel Herrera, on transfer deadline day for a fee in the region of €2 million.
There has since been some confusion about whether Manchester City or the City Football Group signed him, but his former club, Atlético Venezuela, announced it was Manchester City and the CFG could be deemed third-party ownership if he was signed by them.
Herrera is clearly not ready for Manchester City, having never played outside of his homeland, which raised the question of where his immediate future would lie with a work permit out of the question. And the answer may be the bright lights of New York City, because according to Spanish newspaper AS, he is heading to City’s partner club, New York City FC.
The report claims that 19-year-old Herrera will develop his skills under Patrick Vieira before eventually heading to Manchester to play for Pep Guardiola’s side. They go on to speculate that he could be acquired to fill the gap left by Frank Lampard, who retired today, although the MLS side have signed Finland international, Alexander Ring, for a similar role.
NYCFC appears like a logical next step for Herrera, allowing him to hone his skills under Vieira, who was previously in charge of City’s Elite Development Squad and has been mooted as a potential long-term successor for Pep Guardiola. The alternative would be to send him back to Atlético Venezuela or find him a temporary home in Europe, possibly in the Netherlands.