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Manchester City plotting summer move for La Liga star in major transfer coup



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Manchester City are preparing to sign City Football Group star Savio next summer amid interest from a series of European clubs.

The 19-year-old is currently starring for high-flying Girona in La Liga, with the Spanish side returning to the top of the table with a thumping win over Sevilla on Sunday evening.

Savio is one of a number of talented young players within current Girona manager Míchel’s squad, with several drawing transfer interest after an incredibly impressive campaign.

The Brazilian spent last season with PSV in the Eredivisie after signing for CFG-owned Troyes for an estimated £5 million in 2022 from Atletico Mineiro, with the teenager moving to Girona for the 2023/24 campaign on a season-long loan.

Savio has been directly involved in over 10 goals already this season, including registering two assists during Sunday’s victory at home to Sevilla.

The forward’s performances have led to clubs in England and Spain to express an interest in signing the teenager, with a January exit having been ruled out despite the City Football Group’s €30 million price tag.

Manchester City could however be set to sign the player for a significantly lower fee, with The Mirror reporting that Etihad chiefs are preparing to bring the 19-year-old to the North West during the summer transfer window.

The current World Champions ‘hope to assume control of the player’ when the summer transfer window opens at the end of the season, with the Brazilian also set to be handed a place in Pep Guardiola’s pre-season squad ahead of the 2024/25 campaign.

It is further claimed that the young forward could provide a ‘significant profit’ should Guardiola deem the player as not ready for his first-team squad.

The teen has previously revealed a desire to play for Manchester City, saying: “I have the goal of playing for City, yes. I think that when I was hired my goal was always to get to City and I’m working towards that.

“But I have to keep my focus on Girona and do things well to get there. If one day I arrive at City, you can be sure that I did things well at Girona, as I am doing. I want to continue working here so that one day I can reach City, which is my reference point.

“[Guardiola and I] never had any contact, I only saw him up close. He hired Kayky, who was from Fluminense, Gabriel Jesus, so he seems to get along well with Brazilians. It’s letting things happen naturally so that, God willing, one day, he can train me.”

Manchester City are continuing to press ahead with plans for the summer window despite the shock exit from Omar Berrada, who has left the club to become Manchester United’s new CEO.

Berrada, who was in the position of Chief Football Operations Officer at the City Football Group, worked closely on areas including transfers and contracts.