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From Fabrizio Romano: Manchester City set to sign West Ham midfielder on long-term deal in the next 48 hours



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Manchester City are set to secure the signing of West Ham United and England under-17 midfielder Divine Mukasa in the next 48 hours, according to Fabrizio Romano.

The Premier League champions are continuing their recruitment drive outside of the summer transfer window as they continue to ensure that their developing academy system is equipped with the very finest talents in the game at present.

Manchester City’s under-19s got their UEFA Youth League campaign underway on Tuesday afternoon, defeating Crvena zvezda’s under-19 squad at the City Football Academy via a dominant 5-2 scoreline.

Emilio Lawrence was the star of the show having scored two goals and providing an assist, while Kane Taylor also put in an exemplary individual performance with a hat-trick of assists for his teammates.

Now, new information in the world of academy transfer news has revealed a new name that looks poised to be brought into Manchester City’s ever-impressive youth roster.

That is according to the information of transfer insider Fabrizio Romano, who reports that Manchester City are now ‘poised to sign’ England under-17 midfielder Divine Mukasa from West Ham, having reached an agreement over a long-term deal with the player and his team.

Romano details that a deal is set to be formally sealed in the next 48 hours.

“(Manchester) City keep going for the best talents as their Academy remains a crucial part of the club’s project,” Fabrizio Romano explained as part of his report.

The pending signing of Mukasa from West Ham follows the path taken by Jamal Baptise earlier this summer, with the 2003-born central defender having joined the project in east Manchester from the London Stadium’s youth academy.

Divine Mukasa and Jamal Baptise are not the only youth players to have made the switch from West Ham to Manchester City, with that path having first been taken in recent times by Josh Wilson-Esbrand in 2019.

The England youth international left-back is highly-rated at the Etihad Stadium, and is currently plying his trade and developing his game in France’s Ligue 1, on a season-long loan with Stade de Reims.