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Manchester City beat Chelsea to sign Sweden's 'Next Ibrahimovic'

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Manchester City have invested a six-figure sum in a star of the future.

Paying £400,000 for a 15-year-old footballer is a lot of money, especially given the many 'wonderkids' who do not fulfill their potential.

Yet you can't blame clubs for trying to snap up young talent on the cheap, potentially saving themselves a £40 million fee 10 years down the line.

That is exactly what Manchester City have tried to do with their latest acquisition.

It is reported that the Premier League runners-up have paid Swedish side Malmo the princely sum, for the services of Zacharias Faour.

Faour has been impressing for Malmo's youth teams, in the same way Zlatan Ibrahimovic once did for the club.

A number of clubs including Real Madrid were previously reported to be interested in Faour's servies, with Chelsea even taking him on trial last Autumn.

His agent Hasan Cetinkaya told Sportsbladet: "City rank him as one of the best in the world at his age level. He is the kind of player that all of the big teams are after.

"City have followed him for years and he has now visited the club, checked out Manchester as a city and met with staff,” 

“They are building a huge facility and want to include him in it. Faour is large, technically gifted, good at receiving the ball and is a true goalscorer."

To expect him to make a first team impact any time soon is clearly in the realms of fantasy, but he will be a name City fans will keep a close eye on in their Elite Development Squad.

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