Terence Kongolo: Five things Manchester City fans should know about the potential signing

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The Feyenoord defender has been linked with both Manchester City and Manchester United this week – here are five things you must know about the stopper.

Born in Fribourg, Switzerland, Kongolo came through the ranks at Eredivisie side Feyenoord, and is capable of playing at either centre back or left back.

Known for his excellent passing and crossing, the 20-year-old is composed and skilful on the ball though at 6ft 0in he is shorter than many defenders and aerial duels remain a weakness.

Kongolo was a surprise call up to the Netherlands squad for the World Cup in Brazil, with Louis van Gaal selecting the 20-year-old for his 23-man group, despite the defender only breaking into the Feyenoord side on a regular basis at the mid-point of the previous Eredivisie season.

The defender went on to make his World Cup debut against Chile, coming on for Dirk Kuyt in the final few minutes of their group stage clash.

Despite this, Kongolo has represented the Netherlands at seven different levels of youth football from under-15 to under-21 with arguably his most successful stint coming with the Oranje under-17 side from 2010-11.

During that time he played 16 times and scored twice during a run that saw the Dutch side claim the UEFA Under-17 Championship.

Manchester City have a major advantage in their pursuit of the defender – his brother is already on the books at the Etihad. Described as the “new Vieira” 16-year-old Rodney Kongolo is regarded as one of the brightest young talents in European football.

The midfielder was snapped up by City as a 16 year old, with the Sky Blues beating the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United to the forward’s signature. Their younger brother Fidel, meanwhile, remains on the books at Feyenoord.

Despite coming highly-regarded by the likes of Ronald Koeman, who coached the defender at Feyenoord, and Louis van Gaal, Kongolo could be available for as little as £3 million come January, with reports suggesting the deal could see the stopper sent back to the Dutch side on loan for the remainder of the campaign.

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