Manchester City will be linked with a number of players this summer. Such is the way for clubs in leagues across Europe.
But for all the big names and even bigger fees, there will also be moves for the next generation – those players Manuel Pellegrini feels can ultimately replace those currently in his first-team squad.
One such player could be Benfica’s Thierry Graca, after Portuguese newspaper A Bola reported that the Blues had shown an interest in the 19-year-old goalkeeper.
Graca is no stranger to City, having turned out against them in the UEFA Youth League this season, and triumphing at the Blues’ expense at the quarter-final stage.
Hailing from the Cape Verde Islands, Graca is very much one for the future.
But with Joe Hart’s long-term place in the team in some doubt, and the continuing reports that Victor Valdes could come in this summer, by the time the Spaniard calls time on his playing career, Graca may be of an age to be given the chance to take over.
Considering the impressive young players coming through City’s ranks, Graca could add another dose of excitement to those with one eye on the future.