Atlético Venezuela have confirmed that they have sold one of South America’s most highly-rated teenage midfielders, Yangel Herrera, to Manchester City.
¡ES OFICIAL! Yangel Herrera se va traspasado al Manchester City de Inglaterra. El volante da el salto a un grande de Europa. ¡Grande! pic.twitter.com/c8oHnbsqMi
— Atlético VenezuelaCF (@AtleticoVzla) January 31, 2017
The 19-year-old, who is currently captaining Venezuela at the 2017 South American Youth Football Championship, was also wanted by Portuguese giants Benfica, but club president Rubén Villavicencio confirmed that City’s offer was the only one on the table.
Details of the transaction are still unknown, with the Daily Mirror reporting earlier today that the fee could be around £2 million. A work permit will be almost impossible for Herrera at this point, meaning the youngster is almost certain to be loaned out, with New York City FC a potential destination.
City’s scouting presence in South America has expanded in recent years, with the likes of Gabriel Jesus, Marlos Moreno and now, Herrera, having been recruited straight from the continent.
23:30 UPDATE: Local reports claim that Herrera has signed a 4-year deal at City, with a fee of around €2 million being handed over. They add that a loan move to an MLS club is likely to happen.