USA under-20 captain Erik Palmer-Brown has signed a pre-contract with Manchester City, the reputable Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated has now confirmed.
The big question for Blues and American fans curious about the progress of their best talents is what is the purpose of this deal? Is Palmer-Brown, a highly-rated centre-back, another buy cheap (in this case, free), sell high project, something the City Football Group have been doing to great effect with many signings of late?
According to Wahl, the answer to that is not exactly, because the 20-year-old has been shown a plan by Manchester City on his path to the first team. He was convinced enough to snub apparent interest from PSV Eindhoven, Porto, Juventus and Borussia Dortmund in favour of a move to the Etihad Stadium.
Since a work permit is impossible right away, the plan is to loan Palmer-Brown out to a club the Netherlands, Germany or Belgium. And it is Dutch giants PSV who are currently the most likely destination for Palmer-Brown after he joins City.
Palmer-Brown’s contract with Sporting Kansas City expires at the end of the MLS season and he will officially become a Manchester City player, signing a four-and-a-half year contract once the January transfer window opens.