Manchester City are hoping to beat Real Madrid to the signing of Servette teenage striker Lorenzo Gonzalez, reports the Daily Mail.
Despite being just 15 years old, the Switzerland Under-16 international has reportedly caught the attention of European heavyweights, including La Liga outfit Real and Premier League duo City and neighbours Manchester United.
Strong, powerful and with an eye for goal, the Swiss third division centre-forward caught the attention of elite clubs last year with a complete display for the international junior side, scoring twice against Hungary in June.
The imminent arrival of Bayern Munich head coach Pep Guardiola at City has swayed Gonzalez to leave his boyhood club for the Champions League quarter-finalists. Due to his tender age, the potent attacker is expected to complete his school education in Geneve before transferring to the blue side of Manchester, according to the Daily Mail.
Guardiola is expected to make sweeping changes when he takes charge from Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad Stadium in June, a report in The Mirror states, with Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher claiming the former Barcelona coach may need “seven or eight player” to reinvigorate the club.
Gonzalez is not expected to make an immediate impact on the City starting side in the 2016-17 campaign but the Sky Blues are looking towards the future due to their increasingly aged first XI.