Manchester City are reportedly in talks over landing Red Star Belgrade wonderkid Andrija Radulovic, having spent a year tracking the winger.
The 18-year-old winger has won many admirers across Europe for his impressive displays in the UEFA Youth League, as well as standing out for Red Star’s first team. And, according to a report in The Sun, City have already been in discussions to sign the player.
Radulovic first caught City’s eye last year when he scored in a 2-0 victory over Tottenham in the UEFA Youth League.
Spurs have also been tracking the youngster, but City are the firm favourites to seal a deal this summer.
Despite his potential, Radulovic would likely be loaned back to Red Star for further development.
The exciting attacker has made nine first-team appearances this term and has also been used at left-back, showing his versatility.
The report adds that City have targeted the Serbian market in recent years, with Filip Stevanovic arriving at the start of the season and Slobodan Redic earlier in the year.
They also previously raided Red Star for brothers Luka and Ivan Ivic in 2017.
Manchester clubs in tussle over Villa starlet
Both Manchester United and rivals Manchester City are reportedly keeping track of the progress of Aston Villa youngster Carney Chukwuemeka.
The 17-year-old has been receiving rave reviews for his displays for the club’s Under-23 side. The midfielder has made 16 appearances for the Villans’ youngsters this term. And he is not too far away from a senior debut, having been on the first-team bench twice in 2020-2021. Chukwuemeka was an unused substitute as Villa lost 2-1 to City on April 21.
And he also watched from the bench as Dean Smith’s side went down 2-1 to Leicester City back in February. It seems as though a debut might not be too far away for someone to explode on the scene.
Villa CEO Christian Purslow certainly believes so. He sung the starlet’s praise to the club’s Supporters’ Trust AGM last season.
“We have one right now, probably the best 16-year-old in England, Carney Chukwuemeka,” he enthused. “Absolutely no debate, he’s starting for the Under-23s. That’s what you want with your 16-year-olds.”
Football runs in the Chukwuemeka family. His brother, Caleb, plays as a forward for League One club Northampton Town.
The 19-year-old has scored twice in 21 outings for the Cobblers, with his younger sibling keen to follow suit. But it appears as though Carney has already done enough to be noticed by some of Europe’s top clubs.
In addition to the Manchester giants, Monaco, PSV Eindhoven and RB Leipzig are also interested, according to The Guardian. Juventus and Bayern Munich have also been linked in the past.
And it seems as though he will have a decision to make over his future. The West Midlanders will not want to lose such a talented youth star.
They tied him down to a three-year contract as he turned 17 last October. And the Villa Park outfit will look to extend that on his 18th birthday later this year.