Manchester City are in talks to sign once-capped Ecuador international, Jordan Sierra, according to local sources including El Diario.
The 19-year-old, who can play as a defender or midfielder, travelled to Quito, the capital of Ecuador, yesterday for talks with ‘businessmen representing Manchester City’, it is reported, with further meetings planned.
Sierra plays for Delfín SC, a club based in Manta, Ecuador, and after representing his country at under-20 level, he won his first senior cap in February at the age of 19, featuring for 7 minutes against Honduras.
Manchester City’s presence in South America has expanded in recent years as they look to identify and sign talent before they become big names in Europe. The likes of Gabriel Jesus, Marlos Moreno, Yangel Herrera and Gerónimo Rulli (quickly sold to Real Sociedad, where he had been on loan, for profit) have been signed from South American clubs, with several others linked.
Capable of playing several positions, Sierra appears to have caught the eye of City’s scouts and it looks like he could be the latest obscure name to be recruited.
If he does sign, with a work permit near impossible at this stage of his career, the most likely route for him would be a loan move, possibly following Yangel Herrera to New York City FC, otherwise a league in Europe with relaxed rules on non-EU players.