Manchester City sign Marlos Moreno

`Pep Guardiola has added to his transfer business, as Colombian teenage sensation Marlos Moreno joins the Etihad Stadium side.

Manchester City sign Marlos Moreno
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Manchester City have this morning announced the signing of teenage sensation, Marlos Moreno, from Colombian side Atletico Nacional for a fee thought to be in the region of £4.75 million.

The 19 year old has signed a five year deal at the Etihad Stadium, and will spend the upcoming 2016/17 season on loan in the Spanish La Liga, with Galician side Deportivo La Coruña

The move brings Pep Guardiola's summer business up to six new faces; after İlkay Gündoğan, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Nolito, Leroy Sané and Gabriel Jesus all linked up with the Spaniard in the North West of England. 

Remarkable rise

Moreno has enjoyed a meteoric ascent in his football career. Making his debut for his home town side Nacional in 2014, Moreno scored his first senior goal in September 2015 against Deportivo Cali in a 3-0 victory for El Verde.  In the same year, he also recieved his first international call up; making his debut against Uruguay

Moreno has enjoyed a meteoric rise. | Credit: ESPN
Moreno has enjoyed a meteoric rise. | Credit: ESPN

However, the left midfielder's real breakthrough would come in this seasons Copa Liberatadores, where he scored in each of his first three games in the competition as his former side lifted the trophy for only the second time in their history. 

Naturally a robust left winger, but equally at home across the entire front line, Moreno has drawn comparisons to Colombia and Atletico Nacional legend, Faustino Asprilla

Delighted to join

Before heading to A Coruña, Moreno expressed his delight about the move to the club website. "City are one of the best clubs in the world," the Colombian said, before he added "It will be nice to experience being part of such a big club. I want to make the most of it." Alongside his abilities on the pitch, Moreno's determination to succeed is a trait that should serve him well under the tutelage of Pep Guardiola.

Moreno also spoke of the aforementioned manager, and discussed his eagerness to work under the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager. "Pep Guardiola is one of the best managers in the world, I think he likes young players very much, and he can imporve young player tactically, and technically," the 19 year old said. He finished with, "It will be great to work with him and to be part of a great side."

Manchester City Director of Football, Txixi Begiristain, also commented upon the move. The Spaniard said, "Marlos is an excellent prospect who has already broke into his national team. He's a versatile player, still learning, but we believe he has a fantastic future in the game with City". 

In a week that has saw City already gain another of South America's brightest talents, as Gabriel Jesus made the move from Palmeiras, Begiristain was very pleased with the next move as he concluded with, "He makes and scores goals and is an intelligent footballer, we're delighted to have signed him."