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Manchester City’s plan for incoming La Liga star Savio revealed ahead of finalised transfer



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The plan from within the Etihad Stadium over Savio’s immediate future with Manchester City has been revealed in a string of fresh reports on the forward.

The Premier League champions are understood to have struck an agreement with ESTAC Troyes – owned by the City Football Group – over the permanent signing of Savio following impressive performances while on loan with Girona in Spain.

That agreement would see City retain full ownership of the player’s future, whilst obviously moving him a significant step closer to becoming a permanent member of Pep Guardiola’s star-studded, all-conquering squad at the Etihad Stadium.

However, Manchester City supporters excited about the prospect of seeing the Brazilian talent in their Sky Blue shirts in competitive action may have to wait a little longer, with a string of reports detailing the plan that is being constructed within the Etihad Stadium offices.

As first reported by Fabrizio Romano on Tuesday morning, Savio – also known as Savinho – will be part of Manchester City’s first-team squad from July and will start the club’s pre-season campaign working under Pep Guardiola.

Journalist Nil Solà reported, shortly after the emergence of Manchester City’s imminent agreement around the player on Monday evening, that it is not ruled out that Savio could continue with Girona into next season, with ‘options being studied’ to make that viable.

Now, as per the reporting of journalists Alvaro de Grado and Lu Martin, it is revealed that while City’s plan is for Savio to join pre-season, the 19-year-old will return to La Liga and Girona on loan next season should the City Group side qualify for the Champions League.

Savio may not be then only Girona player under the microscope at Manchester City however, with Yan Couto also sparking intrigue from the Premier League club, who have the Brazil international on-loan in La Liga directly from themselves.

Manchester City appear likely to travel to the United States for their pre-season campaign this summer, in what will be their second trip across the Atlantic in three years following a tour of far-east Asia prior to the ongoing season.

Pep Guardiola and his recently-crowned Treble winners embarked on three fixtures in Japan and South Korea last summer, taking on the challenge of Yokohama F. Marinos, Bayern Munich, and Atletico Madrid with a view towards building fitness for the season.