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Man City Agree Deal With Barca Starlet?

Manchester City Agree Deal With FC Barcelona Starlet?

By Kurt Buckerfield - Jun 22, 2018 05:00 PM @KurtLaduma

Pep Guardiola's Manchester City have reportedly agreed a deal for a highly-rated FC Barcelona starlet, one many thought would have a great future at the Catalan club.

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According to Sport, the Citizens are close to signing 17-year-old La Masia playmaker Adrian Bernabe, a player many Barca fans were hoping would one day play for the club's first team.

The exciting teenager has impressed in the Spanish giants' youth set-up, but could now make the move to England to work with Guardiola, although it is unlikely he will go straight into City's senior side.

Barca have been heavily criticised for losing more promising youngsters than they promote, with Bernabe one of four starlets said to be on their way out of the club.

The Spanish club has been accused of abandoning the policy that made them so successful, with Carles Alena the only recent academy graduate to play for the senior side more than just a handful of times in the 2017/18 campaign.

While Barca's academy looks to be weakening, City keep improving their youth facilities and personnel, with the likes of Phil Foden and Brahim Diaz regularly training with the first team and playing in cup competitions.

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With Bernabe's youth contract in Spain expiring at the end of this month, he is expected to join the Premier League champions in the coming weeks.

Do you think Barca are losing their identity when it comes to their academy? Let us know in the comments section below. 


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