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Manchester City set to complete deal for midfielder Máximo Perrone

From a holding midfield role, Perrone became one of Vélez’s most important players last year and looks set to join Manchester City.

Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round - Manchester City v Chelsea - Etihad Stadium, Manchester, Britain - January 8, 2023 Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola reacts Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
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Manchester City look set to complete the signing of Máximo Perrone from Argentine side Vélez Sarsfield, reports Fabrizio Romano.

The highly-rated midfielder is currently with the Argentina U20 side at the South American U20 Championship but is expected to join the reigning Premier League champions after the tournament.

Perrone, whose current deal at Vélez expires on 31 December 2023, has a buyout clause is €7.3 million.

Midfield talent heading to City

From a holding midfield role, Perrone became one of Vélez’s most important players last year, helping the club from Buenos Aires reach the semi-finals of the Copa Libertadores after eliminating River Plate and Atlético Talleres before being knocked out by reigning champions Flamengo. Just 19 at the time, he wore the captain’s armband as Vélez progressed through the competition.

As an academy player, he was picked out by manager Gabriel Heinze as one to watch before making his senior debut. Perrone then built an impressive midfield relationship at the club, playing alongside Nicolas Garayalde in a double pivot. Last season, Perrone scored three goals and provided two assists in 21 starts. Under Guardiola, he can only improve and could be a steal for the Manchester outfit.