The Lowdown: Double academy exit
The Sky Blues have allowed some quality players from the academy to leave this summer, with the likes of Samuel Edozie, Romeo Lavia and Juan Larios joining Premier League rivals Southampton on permanent deals.
The 16-year-old Alfa-Ruprecht appeared to have been identified as an ideal last-minute reinforcement for Pep Guardiola’s youth ranks, and following a fresh update, it sounds like they have successfully landed their target.
The Latest: Man City sign Alfa-Ruprecht
While all the attention this week was on the capture of Manuel Akanji, Blues chiefs quietly snuck in another impressive deal.
Taking to Twitter, Romano confirmed that Man City have signed Alfa-Ruprecht and managed to finalise the deal before the deadline, seeing off two big names for his signature.
“Manchester City have completed the signing of German U17 international Farid Alfa-Ruprecht [born in 2006] beating Chelsea and Bayern Munich also interested.
“Farid signed within this window and he’s U-18 player, regarded as one for the future internally at Man City.”
The Verdict: Star in the making
Given the academy has been weakened this window, Alfa-Ruprecht will definitely strengthen what has been lost and is an exciting star in the making.
The forward scored two goals in five appearances in the Bundesliga Nord last season, and has already represented Germany twice at U16s level, via Transfermarkt.
Is Alfa-Ruprecht a good academy signing for City?
Alfa-Ruprecht will play for the U18s at City this campaign, and with his huge potential, will be one to watch working his way up through the ranks in future years to come.
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