Premier League giants Manchester City have an agreement in principle with AC Milan youngster Raoul Bellanova, according to Italian journalist Davide RussodeCerame.
Bellanova, an 18-year-old right-back, is regarded as one of the most-gifted young prospects in all of Italian football.
The stopper came up through the youth ranks at AC Milan, but has yet to make an appearance for the Rossoneri’s first-team.
He is a regular for Italy at U19-level, and has been lauded for his ability to both attack and defend in equal measure.
Bellanova on the move
However, to this point, AC Milan have been unable to tie Bellanova down to a new deal at the San Siro.
As such, with the full-back’s current contract set to expire next summer, he will be free to negotiate with any and all clubs interested in his signature from the beginning of next month.
In Italy, the likes of Juventus, Bologna, Sassuolo and Sampdoria have been named as admirers of Bellanova’s talents.
However, interest in the prodigious teen’s services spans far beyond the confines of his home country.
Both Tottenham and Manchester City have also been heavily-linked with Bellanova over recent weeks.
And, as per the aforementioned report from Davide RussodeCerame this afternoon, the latter of these sides have taken a clear lead in the race for the stopper’s signature.
The Citizens are said to have reached a ‘principle agreement’ with the player. As such, a deal between the parties is expected to be formalized in February, with Bellanova set to arrive at the Etihad on a free transfer next summer:
✔️ Il @ManCity ha un principio d’accordo con Raoul #Bellanova che potrebbe formalizzarsi già a febbraio: è stato chiesto al difensore (classe 2000) di non firmare il rinnovo col #Milan (scadenza giugno 2019) #MCFC #calciomercato
— Davide RussodeCerame (@DRussodeCerame) December 18, 2018
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