City have for the best part of the past few years focused on buying proven talent, big-money signings who will immediately step into the first-team squad and challenge for a place.
Millions have been spent on the likes of Kevin de Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Nicolas Otamendi alone last summer, yet such a tactic often poses a potential long-term problem.
The average age of City’s first-team XI has been increasing, while there has also been a distinct lack of younger players pushing through and challenging for a place in the team.
It’s an area which City appear to be trying to rectify and according to the latest reports in Croatia, Zagreb’s high-flyer Ante Coric has become the subject of strong interest from the club.
Sportske Novosti claim Manuel Pellegrini’s side had scouts watching the 18-year-old in action against Bayern Munich on Wednesday, a game the German giants won 2-0.
Coric is predominantly an attacking midfielder, though he is also capable of playing in wide areas.
Despite his young age, he is already a Croatian league winner and has valuable Europa League, Champions League and international [U21s] experience under his belt.
The talented youngster has all the attributes needed to go on and become a top player, and talk has already been rife of him emulating Luka Modric’s current achievements.