French midfield wonderkid already in Manchester ahead of transfer to Man City

Manchester City can’t officially sign Claudio Gomes until he turns 18 on July 23, but the wonderkid from Paris Saint-Germain is already in his new home.

Gomes, a France under-18 international, is moving to the Premier League champions after deciding to quit PSG at the halfway point of last season. That move led to him being frozen out in the French capital, despite having been pushing for a spot in their first team.

And he gave away his new club on Instagram by posting his location while watching France’s World Cup win over Belgium, which saw his soon-to-be teammate Benjamin Mendy reach the semi-final round (despite playing no part).

Losing Gomes comes as a major blow for the Parisiens, who genuinely viewed him as a player capable of breaking into their star-studded team. With skill, vision and tackling ability, the France under-18 international is described as having exceptional ‘tactical and technical maturity’ and is showing the potential to become a complete midfielder.

Mikel Arteta is said to have played a huge role in luring Gomes to the Etihad Stadium, and the Blues presented him with a clear project for his development including a pathway to the Pep Guardiola’s first team.

According to Le Parisien, the plan (as of February) is to keep him around the first team until January, similar to Phil Foden and Brahim Diaz, then depending on how things are panning out, consider three options: keep him where he is, place him in the under-23 side, or loan him out to a club such as Girona FC or NAC Breda.

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