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Manchester City are keeping an eye on the 18-year-old, who is regarded as a genuine prospect. Ben Nelson will go to Zagreb, Croatia, with the England U18s this week.
Ben Nelson, a highly rated Leicester City centre-back, is being watched by Manchester City.
Under Brendan Rodgers, the 18-year-old has been selected in first-team squads for the last year and is expected to make a breakthrough this season.
Nelson, a big and powerful defender who has previously represented Scotland at international youth level, is set to go to Zagreb with England U18s this week to face Wales, Austria, and Croatia.
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In the aftermath of Brexit, Manchester City, like many of the Premier League’s premier teams, is aiming to reinforce its ranks with top indigenous talent.
Their scouts have taken notice of Nelson’s growth and will continue to monitor his progress as they explore a possible transfer. Nelson, who was named academy player of the year in 20/21, appeared in pre-season games last summer and has been a regular with the club’s U23s.
According to Sportsmail, Leicester are prepared to trade Jannik Vestergaard this summer, which might open up a first-team window for Nelson as he competes alongside Jonny Evans, Wesley Fofana, and Caglar Soyuncu.
If Premier League champions City confirm their interest, the promise of a road to Leicester’s first team will almost certainly be a deciding factor in the teenager’s decision.
City has been loaning out its younger players to sister clubs and other teams who share manager Pep Guardiola’s mentality.
For example, their 20-year-old centre-back Taylor Harwood-Bellis is a possible loan target for Burnley, where Vincent Kompany is set to take over as manager, and Celtic.
Harwood-Bellis has played for Anderlecht, Blackburn, and Stoke City in the past. Everton’s 19-year-old left-sided centre-back Jarrad Branthwaite is also said to have been considered by City.
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