Manchester City have recently met with the agent of Uruguayan footballer Nicolás De La Cruz, reports The Athletic’s Sam Lee via Twitter.
The attacking midfielder, 22, has played for River Plate in Argentina since 2017. Previously he had played for Liverpool Montevideo in Uruguay; the side still own thirty per-cent of De La Cruz’s rights, Sam Lee states. This would likely complicate any potential deal for the midfielder.
Lee adds that talks between City and the player’s agent are NOT at an ‘advanced’ stage yet, and the club are presently assessing whether or not De La Cruz ‘would be a good fit’. Pep Guardiola is uninvolved in the process as things stand.
As such, Lee asserts that Cruz would be a City Football Group signing should the deal materialise. This would likely mean a loan spell at a CFG outfit outside of Europe, with New York City FC in the MLS the most plausible destination. However, there would potentially be competition for his signature as ‘other English clubs’ have been offered De La Cruz’s services.
De La Cruz has appeared for Uruguay’s youth sides but has yet to represent the first team. This season he has registered four goals in nine appearances for River Plate in the Argentina Superliga.
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