Manchester City have put a deal in place which will see highly rated teenage goalkeeper Mikki van Sas join their academy ranks from Utrecht.
The 16 year old is considered to be a hot prospect and was tied to a deal at his previous club through to 2022.
City have, however, moved to buy into Van Sas’ potential by luring the teenager to England.
Manchester City continue to build with one eye on the future and are scouring the globe for the very best young talents.
A clear path to the first team has not always been cleared in Man City over the years.
Leading the likes of Jadon Sancho to head elsewhere, but opportunities will be given to those who prove deserving.
Van Sas will hope that his ongoing development results in him becoming a first team star in the future.
Utrecht will be disappointed to be parting with a home grown talent they had high hopes for.
They are, however, reluctant to hold any player back and acknowledge that the opportunity to link up with a European heavyweight it would have been too good for Van Sas to turn down
Utrecht’s technical director, Jordy Zuidam, told the club’s official website when confirming a deal with City;
“We say goodbye to Mikki with mixed feelings.
“On the one hand, we regret that Mikki, an incredibly talented goalkeeper, leaves our academy.
We would of course have liked to see Mikki shine in the Galgenwaard Stadium, which is what we train for.
“On the other hand, Mikki said that he really wanted to make this move and we also see his transfer to Manchester City as a compliment to our youth academy.
This transition confirms the elevated level of the academy.
“We have reached an agreement with Manchester City on the transfer terms and all parties are satisfied.
We wish Mikki every success in England.”
City are in the process of making considerable changes to their academy ranks.
With the appointment of new U18 and U23 coaches in the pipeline.
The new signing Van Sas will get the chance to work under those fresh faces next season.
With only senior football being brought back onto the sporting calendar amid the coronavirus pandemic.