Manchester City transfer target Thiago Almada has been advised to snub the Premier League champions’ reported interest in favour of a move to Spain.
Earlier this month, Spanish media outlet AS reported [via Sport Witness] that City and Atletico Madrid were eyeing a possible move for the Velez Sarsfield teenager, who had been on the radar at the Etihad Stadium since last summer, as per Record reported [via Sport Witness].
However, Argentina’s director of national teams Cesar Luis Menotti, who coached the country to World Cup glory in 1978, has offered transfer advice to the 19-year-old which may not be to Manchester City’s liking.
In his column for Sport [via Sport Witness], he wrote that Almada is a “boy with a future” but encouraged him to sign for Atletico rather than Pep Guardiola’s team, saying that “his dynamics and his technique would benefit him” to opt for Diego Simeone’s outfit.
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The teenager, who can play as an attacking midfielder or winger, has scored five goals and supplied two assists in 25 appearances for Velez Sarsfield this season and, despite his tender years, he already has 46 first team matches under his belt. [via TransferMarkt]
He has a flair for taking on and beating opponents, recording 1.7 successful dribbles per game, while he can regularly unpick tight defences, as indicated by a match average of 1.3 key passes. [via WhoScored]
Were he to join Manchester City, he would have an abundance of attacking riches ahead of him in the pecking order, although those options could soon be diminished with David Silva reiterating his intention to leave the club in the summer and Leroy Sane being heavily linked with a move to Bayern Munich (as per The Telegraph).
That could open the first team door somewhat for Almada and, as evidenced by Phil Foden’s frequent appearances, Guardiola is willing to give teenage talent its chance at senior level if he feels a player is worthy of it.
Menotti’s belief that Atletico would be a better fit for the youngster than Manchester City seems strange when you consider the two clubs’ radically different styles. The English club have hit 68 goals in the Premier League, making them the highest scorers in the division, whereas Simeone’s team have scored just 31 goals in La Liga, the second lowest tally of any club in the top 13 positions.
On that basis, the Etihad would appear a far more appropriate destination than the Wanda Metropolitano to get the best out of Almada’s prodigious talents, so hopefully City can win the battle for his signature and give him the chance to further blossom under Guardiola.
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