Manchester City and Real Madrid linked to Dutch record-breaker

PSV Eindhoven

The Sky Blues are reportedly keen on PSV Eindhoven full-back Jetro Willems who holds the record as the youngest ever player to appear at a European Championship.

Manchester City are reportedly tracking Dutch left-back Jetro Willems ahead of a summer bid for the 20-year-old PSV Eindhoven star.

According to a report from Spits Nieuws, the Sky Blues are keeping tabs on the Holland international, who has impressed in the Eredivisie this season.

The Citizens could face stiff competition for the defender, however, with the Dutch news source also claiming that Real Madrid are considering a bid for Willems.

Capped 13 times by Holland at international level, Willems holds the record as the youngest ever player to appear at a UEFA European Championship.

Selected to represent the Oranje at Euro 2012 by Bert van Marwijk, the full-back was 18 years and 71 days old when he made his debut appearance against Denmark.

Willems endured a difficult time at the tournament, however, with Holland losing all three of their group stage games and exiting the competition early, though he has matured into arguably the best left-back in the Eredivisie this season.

A mainstay of the PSV Eindhoven side currently eight points clear of Ajax in the Dutch top-flight, Willems has weighed in with 14 assists and a further two goals in the league so far this term.

He’s proven similarly effective in continental competition too, with three assists to his name in the Europa League this season.

With the 20-year-old likely to command a significant transfer fee and Real Madrid also said to be keen on a deal, Manchester City may have to move quickly with a substantial offer for the Holland international if they are to succeed.

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