Manchester City are selling England under-21 goalkeeper Angus Gunn to Southampton in a deal that will make the youngster, with no first-team appearances to his name at the Etihad Stadium, one of the top 10 most expensive Premier League goalkeepers.
The Saints have agreed a deal to sign the highly-rated stopper for an initial £10million, but add-ons could take the total fee to £13.5million.
Angus Gunn deal with Saints could net #Mcfc £13.5million inc add ons. Good move for player and Sparky. And a decent fee for City.
— Martin Blackburn (@SunMartinB) July 10, 2018
The fee for Angus Gunn to @SouthamptonFC could eventually reach £13.5million. £10million initial payment, with the rest in add ons. Initial payment puts him comfortably in top 10 most expensive Premier League keepers.
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) July 10, 2018
Gunn spent last season on loan at Norwich City, making over 50 appearances and impressing. Unluckily for him, City found an absolute gem in Ederson, practically giving the youngster no route into regular football at City, with his best hope being to replace Claudio Bravo and play cup games.
It is thought that City have inserted a buy-back option in the deal, a clause included in many sales of prodigious young players lately.
Instead, City will make a huge fee for another young talent, after selling Pablo Maffeo for £8.8million to VfB Stuttgart and also fetching £4.4million plus future add-ons for left-back Angeliño.
It is a sign of how far the City academy has progressed that such valuable young players are being developed. Few are still managing to break into the first team, but Phil Foden and Brahim Diaz have managed to enter Pep Guardiola’s plans, after Kelechi Iheanacho also made the breakthrough before his £25million move to Leicester a year ago.