MANCHESTER CITY are closing in on a deal for Gremio’s midfield starlet Diego Rosa.
Reports in Brazil say an agreement is in place and could be worth more than £21.5million if he is a success.
They will only pay around £4.5m up front for the 17-year-old with the biggest chunk coming if he appears for City in the Premier League.
Rosa only turns 18 in October so his move to Europe is unlikely until the January transfer window.
City are likely to loan him out initially to give him some experience of playing at a high level.
Rosa has never played for Gremio’s senior side.
But it is thought the Brazilian top-flight club also want a sell-on clause.
City have been just as busy attempting to strengthen their current side, rather than simply planning for the future.
And the talk in Italy is that Etihad chiefs are close to completing a £68m deal for Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly.
The Italians need the cash to fund a £55m move for Lille striker Victor Osimhen, 21.
It is also understood City are keen on Valencia winger Ferran Torres as they look to replace Bayern Munich new boy Leroy Sane.
The 20-year-old Spaniard is in the final year of his contract but still with a buy-out clause approaching £40m.