Manchester City are keeping tabs on teenage Croatian winger Antonio Marin following an impressive performance against the club’s under-19 side.
Sky Sports reported that the 18-year-old caught the eye of the Etihad Stadium club after his display for Dinamo Zagreb’s under-19s in their 2-2 draw against City in the UEFA Youth League last week.
According to Sky Sports, he is regarded as one of the brightest young prospects in Croatia and has also been monitored by Chelsea and Villarreal.
Marin showed how dangerous he can be in his club’s draw against Manchester City last week, setting up the first of Leon Sipos’ two goals in the UEFA Youth League clash. [via TransferMarkt]
The 18-year-old has been given opportunities by the Croatian champions’ first team, making 13 appearances and providing three assists. [via TransferMarkt]
He was very prolific for Dinamo Zagreb’s reserve team last season, scoring five times in six league games, and has featured sporadically for the first team in recent weeks.
A scout report by Soccersouls alluded to Marin’s main strengths, which include cutting in from the left wing, running off the shoulder of the last defender, his composure in front of goal and his prowess from set pieces.
Manchester City might also be able to sign the winger for a relatively low fee, as he has a TransferMarkt valuation of just £585,000. While Dinamo Zagreb are likely to demand a lot more than that, the Premier League club could still land him for an economical sum.
Marin’s ability to score and set up goals marks him out as a very promising talent, while he also has first-team experience to his name.
However, Manchester City do not have a track record of giving young players a chance under Pep Guardiola. Even with the first team having a deficit of centre-backs, the manager has preferred to deploy a defensive midfield veteran in Fernandinho at centre-half instead of trusting in a natural defender in 18-year-old Eric Garcia, aside from one start in a Carabao Cup game against Preston.
City have also dispatched the likes of Jack Harrison, Aleix Garcia, Pablo Mari and Patrick Roberts on multiple loans without really giving them a fair chance at senior level, so the same could easily happen to Marin if he swaps Zagreb for Manchester.
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