Official confirmation of the transfer of Kilmarnock teenager Liam Smith to Manchester City has come to light through an exclusive interview with the Athletic on Thursday afternoon.
We previously reported, courtesy of information from Sun Sport in Scotland on December 4th, that the Premier League champions had beaten the likes of Liverpool and Rangers to the signature of highly-rated teenage winger Liam Smith.
Confirmation of all the details provided in our previous report have come to light via an exclusive interview and report from the Athletic’s Kieran Devlin on Thursday. As well as that traditional photo with the player in question grasping the sky blue shirt of the Champions, details regarding the nature of the transfer were also reiterated.
It is claimed that Kilmarnock will receive a £200,000 compensation fee, with potential add-ons depending on the development of the 16-year-old. In addition, it was also confirmed that Smith had signed a four-year deal at the Etihad Stadium, with the first of those four acting as a scholarship with the club.
Interestingly, the Athletic understands that Smith will ‘finish the season with the U16s before moving to the U18s in June, with the possibility of moving into the U23s and training with the senior squad towards the end of 2020-21‘ – a clear long-term plan for a player held in high-regard.
Liam Smith continues the trend being set by the officials at Manchester City, who clearly have one eye on the recruitment of promising young talent from across the globe. Smith follows the likes of Morgan Rogers, signed from West Brom in the summer, as well as Juan Larios – who is expected to make the switch from the famous La Masia – the academy setup of La Liga giants Barcelona.
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