Manchester City have snapped up one of South America’s most exciting young talents in the form of Marlos Moreno, who the BBC’s South American football correspondent, Tim Vickery, said made him feel as enthusiastic as Sergio Agüero, Neymar and Alexis Sánchez had in their younger years.
City will sign Moreno from Atlético Nacional in a structured deal worth up to £8.23 million, but for the moment he is focused on the Copa Libertadores final, where Nacional are preparing to face Independiente del Valle over two legs. According to Cadena SER, just a few days after the second leg, on August 1st, Moreno will undergo a medical and complete his move to City.
Though a phenomenal talent, full of speed and energy, he is still very inexperienced, and SER journalist Fran Hermida backs up recent reports that the 19-year-old Colombian international will be heading to La Liga side Deportivo La Coruña on loan for the 2016-17 season.
Colombia’s under-23 coach Carlos ‘Piscis’ Restrepo confirmed last week that Moreno will be joining City when he revealed that the club had rejected a request to let him play at the Olympics. The reason for this now seems to be clear – he will be joining Deportivo for pre-season and beginning his European adventure.