The Athletic journalist Phil Hay has claimed that Manchester City defender Yan Couto is set to sign a new five-year contract.
The 17-year-old Brazilian will move to the Etihad Stadium this summer for a transfer fee of £13.6m from Brazilian club Cortiba, after the Citizens beat off a number of interested sides, including Leeds.
Hay, who formerly worked for Yorkshire Evening Post, previously said in a column for The Athletic that the youngster could make a loan move to Elland Road.
The young Brazilian’s preferred position is as a right-back which would ultimately mean that he provides back up to Luke Ayling next season, having seen the current Whites defender perform at a very high standard this term.
Talking on the latest episode of the Phil Hay Show podcast on Friday, he said, “He [Couto] is about to sign a five-year deal with them [Man City].
“He’s a Brazilian player who’s coming over from South America and is very highly-rated down there.
“He’s someone Leeds looked at and thought about, and were making inroads into approaching and discussing terms with until it became clear he was so good that teams like Man City and others were all over him.
“We were told that City were interested in, if Leeds did get promoted, that a year with Bielsa at Elland Road could be very good for him, as it’s been good for Jack Harrison. Couto is one to watch.”
Couto has impressed in his homeland whilst also gaining international recognition with Brazil national youth sides, featuring in the U17 squad that won the World Cup last year.
There does seem to be a quite cordial relationship between Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa and City’s Guardiola, which could help the move, having seen a deal involving Jack Harrison work in favour for both sides.
Couto seems like an exciting talent and it should be of good interest for City and Guardiola to loan him to a rival Premier League club, coached by someone they trust in Argentine Bielsa.
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