According to reports, Manchester City is now ahead of Leeds United, Chelsea, and Liverpool in the hunt to recruit Cole Brannigan, the sensational Linfield kid.
The Northern Ireland Under-16s midfielder is reportedly likely to depart the team amid interest from Premiere League teams, according to Sun journalist Alan Nixon.
The Citizens are hopeful that the kid would choose their academy above the other teams competing for his services because it has lately produced players worth millions of dollars.
Cole Brannigan, a promising midfielder from Northern Ireland, is a target for Manchester City, according to Nixon.
“City have the teenager from Linfield in for a trial as they near a deal ahead of three significant Premier League opponents.
“Chelsea has been attempting to sign Brannigan, who also has Leeds and Liverpool chasing after him.
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“The under-16 cap looks destined to depart soon, and City believe their esteemed academy system will appeal to him most,”
Brannigan is expected to take longer to make the first team in City, but Leeds may struggle to compete with its top-notch infrastructure.
Thorp Arch is clearly a fantastic place for young people to grow and become stars in the future, but it doesn’t compare to City’s big-money structure.
In recent years, the Manchester team has generated talent after talent as their Middle Eastern owners have upgraded every facet of club management.
Even the player Leeds acquired during the summer, Darko Gyabi, brought them a mouthwatering seven-figure amount, which would have been incomprehensible even five years ago.
Despite the fact that it might appear like they are losing the battle, Leeds still has a chance to get the Northern Irishman and must attempt to negotiate terms with him before he commits to City.
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