Manchester City face fresh rival interest from AS Roma for the signing of Australian wonderkid Daniel Arzani, according to ESPN FC.
The 19-year-old Melbourne City winger has been linked with a host of clubs across Europe in recent weeks and is considered Australia’s most promising talent since Harry Kewell.
Most recent reports had Arzani, who was the youngest player at the recently completed FIFA World Cup in Russia, on the cusp of a £280,000 move to the Etihad Stadium from Manchester City’s sister club.
However, AS Roma, headed by shrewd talent-spotter Monchi, are also monitoring Arzani and are prepared to offer him a pathway into their first-team plans. A similar strategy saw Turkish sensation Cengiz Ünder snub City for Roma last summer after the Blues had made a confirmed bid.
City’s plan would most likely be to loan the teenager out, as they did when they imported Aaron Mooy from Melbourne, then look to sell him on for profit. Mooy, who arrived on a free transfer, was sold a year later to Huddersfield after a successful loan spell, in a deal worth up to £10million.
The Premier League champions will hope their obvious link to Melbourne City – both clubs being part of the City Football Group – will help them clinch a deal for the highly-rated Arzani, although the player, who is into the final year of his contract, will think carefully about what the best move for him is.