Manchester City see off Manchester United, Barcelona and Juventus to sign young French duo

Manchester City’s burgeoning academy is set to be strengthened by the addition of two more wonderkids, with ESPN FC reporting that French under-18 internationals, Mickaël Cuisance and Dan-Axel Zagadou, are joining the club.

Cuisance, a 17-year-old attacking midfielder, has rejected a professional deal at Nancy, while Zagadou, also 17 and a central defender, has done likewise at PSG.

And according to ESPN FC, the talented duo, both of whom are part of France’s impressive national youth teams, visited the impressive City Football Academy and were convinced by Pep Guardiola himself to join the Premier League side.

European giants Manchester United, Barcelona and Juventus have all been credited with an interest in Cuisance and Zagadou, but City moved quickly to secure the teenagers on professional deals.

With neither having signed professional terms at their French clubs, City will only have to pay modest compensation fees to acquire the two.

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