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Manchester City ready to pay record fee for schoolboy with move for Charlton starlet – report

Manchester City are ready to approach Charlton for one of the hottest prospects in English football, Jeremy Sarmiento, Warren Haughton of The Sun reports.

The League One side are preparing themselves for an approach from the Premier League champions, who want to add 15-year-old Sarmiento to an academy already bursting with talent.

Despite being just 15, Sarmiento has played for Charlton’s under-23 side this season, a sign of how quickly he is developing, and he is tipped to go far in the sport.

The Addicks have offered their young prospect a five-year contract in an attempt to ward off the likes of City, while slapping a £6million price-tag on him.

And is it claimed that City have not been scared off by that valuation, which, were they to meet it, would smash the record fee paid for a schoolboy player, which is currently the £2.5million that Chelsea paid for Exeter midfielder Nathan Ampadu last year.

Spanish-born Sarmiento can play as a winger or number 10 and has represented England at under-16s level.

Charlton’s academy has produced the likes of Ademola Lookman, Joe Gomez and Jonjo Shelvey in recent years, and Sarmiento could be the next gem heading to the Premier League with the Blues looking to snap him up.

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