Manchester City are close to selling young winger Rabbi Matondo to Schalke 04, with various reports from Germany suggesting a deal will be done once a fee is agreed.
Matondo, 18, will become the latest wonderkid to quit the Etihad with the Bundesliga becoming more and more appealing to British teenagers seeking game time early in their career.
Jadon Sancho led the way with his move from City to Borussia Dortmund, and it is the loss of Sancho that may reportedly impact the Matondo transfer.
According to today’s edition of BILD, City could be willing to drop their €10 million-plus asking price for Matondo to a fee in the €5 million to €7 million region in return for a buy-back clause.
City have included buy-back clauses in many sales of youngsters lately, but while they have a first option on Sancho, they do not have the option to buy him back at a fixed price. Given that Sancho is now valued at €70 million or more, City will be rueing not including a buy-back clause of €20 million or so in his sale.
That means Matondo, another prospect who has already been capped by Wales, could be allowed to go for a reduced fee as long as City have the chance to buy him back for a reasonable amount in future.
The youngster has turned down contract offers from City and sees his future elsewhere, with Schalke poised to beat the likes of Bayern Munich, Borussia Monchengladbach and RB Leipzig to his acquisition.