Manchester City have snapped up one of Dutch football’s hottest talents in Jayden Braaf, a 15-year-old forward from PSV Eindhoven – but he is facing a wait to arrive in England.
Braaf was spotted training with the NAC Breda first-team today, a surprise to those in attendance considering his age, and also confirmation that City have concluded a deal months in the making.
The reason Braaf is with Manchester City’s sister club is because he has yet to receive a work permit to join up with his new City academy teammates. That is expected to be granted when he turns 16 at the end of August.
Jayden, a Holland under-15 international, was tipped to join Chelsea before City made him an offer to instead develop at the state-of-the-art City Football Academy, which he accepted. City will pay no transfer fee for Jayden but will have to hand over some developmental fees.
A forward with the ability to cut in from the flanks, Braaf will likely go into the under-18 set-up to start with before moving up to the under-23s.