Manchester City have finalised terms to sign highly-rated Irish goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu for around £420,000, the Telegraph reports.
The 16-year-old will arrive from Shamrock Rovers, although an official joining date has yet to be decided with the teenager wanting to complete his leaving certificate at school in Ireland. It is expected that he will arrive either in January or for the start of next season.
Bazunu and his family were in Manchester this week to sign terms with the club and meet academy director Jason Wilcox at the CFA.
Tottenham and Chelsea also made bids for Bazunu but City’s offer swayed him and he is expected to work his way up to being the third-choice goalkeeper at the club before going out on loan – as is standard for young City stoppers.
Despite his tender age, Bazunu has already played first team football for Shamrock Rovers, appearing in the League of Ireland Premier Division and Europa League qualifiers – and he turned heads by keeping four c onsecutive clean sheets.
The £420,000 fee City are handing over is a record for a non-professional in Ireland and is a sign of how highly thought of Bazunu is.
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