Exclusive: Manchester City winger set to leave club – returns to home country

Manchester City U23 winger Benjamín Garré is set to return to his home of Buenos Aires and join Primera Division side Racing Club, City Xtra understands.

Garré joined Manchester City in the summer of 2016 as a 15-year-old from Vélez Sarsfield. Regarded as one of Argentina’s most exciting prospects, City had beaten competition from the likes of Barcelona for the signature of the teenager over three years ago.

(Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

The transfer itself was marred in controversy however, with Garré’s former club lodging a formal complaint in regards to City’s recruitment of the teenager. However, just over a month after news of the transfer had first broke, FIFA had decided officials at City had no case to answer for. The controversy surrounding the deal appeared to continue for a further two years, with City waiting until April 2018 to find out that they would not receive a transfer ban following their conduct two years previously.

The 19-year-old was nominated for the 2019 Golden Boy Award back in June 2019, alongside Manchester City’s brightest prospect Phil Foden and the recently departed Lorenzo Gonzalez. However, City Xtra now understands the teenager is on his way out of the club, returning to Argentina and Primera Division side Racing Club.

Several of Garré’s academy teammates, including the likes of Eric Garcia, Tyreke Wilson and Adrian Bernabe, have already been wishing the winger good luck on Instagram, while his French Bulldog was photographed on a flight bound for Buenos Aires on Sunday evening.

(Photo via Instagram – BenjaGarre_)

UPDATE: Benjamín Garré is set to sign for Racing Club on a four-and-a-half year deal for a fee in the region of $2.5 million, according to Leondro Andonio Belli.

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