5 facts about Man City's new Argentinian wonderkid target

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Young midfielder Bruno Zuculini has attracted interest from Europe's top clubs, but Man City have stole ahead in the race for his signature.

Bruno Zuculini currently plays for Racing Club in the Argentinian Primera Division, however that's all about to change today as he flies into Manchester to complete his medical with last season's Premier League champions.

Having secured the signing of Brazilian midfielder Fernando just yesterday this move might come as a surprise to many, but with Gareth Barry gone and the possibility of Jack Rodwell and James Milner following, there could be place for Zuculini in Manuel Pellegrini's squad.

The 21-year-old is a relative unknown to European football fans so here are five facts about the Argentinian midfielder.

1) Sky Sports reported that Manchester City agreed a deal to sign Bruno Zuculini earlier this year in February as they quoted Racing Club's president, Victor Blanco as saying: "…we have several highly coveted gems from the outside, such as Luciano Vietto, Rodrigo De Paul and Bruno Zuculini - who has already signed an agreement to leave in June to join Manchester City."

2) Zuculini's potential was seen from a very early age as he made his first team debut for Racing Club in 2010 when he was only 17-years-old. He has since gone on to make 100 appearances for the Argentinian club and scored 11 goals in the process. He should settle into life in Manchester fairly quickly with fellow countrymen Zabaleta, Demichelis and Aguero already playing for the reigning Premier League champions.

3) He won't have the burden of a huge transfer fee to justify when he starts his career with Man City. Due to his contract expiring this summer City managed to sign Zuculini for half of his market value at just £1.5 million, which is considered quite a steal for someone of his potential.

4) South American football players usually require a work permit to sign for clubs in England, with Zuculini's age and lack of senior International appearance it would have been a struggle for him to pass. Fortunately for the youngster and Manchester City he holds an Italian passport, which he applied for 5-years ago. This means he can go straight into the City squad when his move is completed.

5) Bruno plays in the exact same holding midfield role as his brother who is two years his senior. Franco Zuculini was released by Spanish side Real Zaragoza in 2013. He then moved back to Argentina to sign for Arsenal de Sarandi where he damaged his knee ligaments and has been out of action since last year. Bruno has not yet made a senior appearance for the Argentina national team, unlike his older brother Franco, who made one substitute appearance when he was 18 in a 2-0 friendly win against Panama.

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