Manchester City are expected to beat Premier League rivals Chelsea in the race to sign left-back Valentin Barco from Boca Juniors.
Chelsea are keen to sign Valentin Barco but Manchester City are now expected to sign Boca Juniors’ talent.
That’s according to the Daily Mailwho claim that City are the front runners to sign Barco.
It is claimed that Chelsea have shown a genuine interest in signing Barco, despite some left-backs.
Ben Chilwell started the season at left-back, Ian Maatsen and Marc Cucurella are also available.
Chelsea could simply see Barco as a top talent for the future – a profile Chelsea have been building lately.
Chelsea are likely to fall short here, however, as City are pushing for Barco’s signing.
Ole reported earlier this month that City have made an offer for Barca to Boca – but they may have to wait.
Barco reportedly want to wait and play out Boca’s Copa Libertadores season before moving on in 2024.
Boca play Racing in the quarterfinals of the Copa Libertadores and drew 0-0 in the first leg.
The second leg takes place this Friday, the deadline date in England – and could mean City have to put a deal on hold.
A move to City is still expected and Pep Guardiola’s men may be tempted to strike a deal now and loan Barco to Boca until January.
Who is Manchester City’s target Valentin Barco?
Barco hails from near Buenos Aires and joined the Boca ranks before he was even a teenager.
The 19-year-old has climbed the Boca rankings and has now made 20 first-team appearances.
That’s not a lot of football, but Barco made a huge impact, playing mostly at left-back but also further up front.
Barco has one goal and two assists for Boca and also has three caps for Argentina U20 national team.
Barco is seen as a huge talent and the future of the Argentina side at left-back having shown great potential at Boca.
City have seen Barco’s promise and may believe he can shine under Pep Guardiola as Chelsea look set to lose the race to sign him.
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