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Manchester City 'to beat Manchester United, Barcelona to Ronaldo Camara'

Man City 'to beat Man Utd, Barca to Camara'
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Manchester City reportedly emerge as favourites ahead of Manchester United and Barcelona in the race to sign 16-year-old Benfica starlet Ronaldo Camara.

Manchester City have reportedly emerged as frontrunners in the race to sign Benfica starlet Ronaldo Camara.

A number of the world's top clubs have been tracking the promising 16-year-old, with Manchester United and Barcelona also understood to be monitoring his progress.

United had hoped to wrap up a deal for the youngster during the January transfer window, but the Evening Standard reports that they now face an uphill battle to beat their local rivals to his signature.

City are confident that the prospect of joining their state-of-the-art academy and working with manager Pep Guardiola will be enough to convince Camara to choose them ahead of United or Barcelona.

The likes of Jadon Sancho, Brahim Diaz and Phil Foden have graduated from City's academy in recent years, and the impending threat of a transfer ban due to alleged Financial Fair Play violations has increased the urgency to bring in the best young players.

Camara is considered in that bracket by the club, having impressed while playing for Benfica and Portugal's Under-17s side - the latter of whom he made his debut for aged just 14.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool35277179205988
2Manchester CityMan City34282487226586
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs342211164352967
4Chelsea35207859382167
5Arsenal34206868432566
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd34197863481564
7Everton35147145044649
8Watford34147134949049
9Leicester CityLeicester35146154847148
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves34139124142-148
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham35127164454-1043
12Crystal Palace35126174348-542
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle35118163544-941
14Bournemouth35125184962-1341
15Burnley35117174462-1840
16Southampton3499164057-1736
17Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton3497183253-2134
18Cardiff CityCardiff3594223065-3531
RFulham3565243376-4323
RHuddersfield TownHuddersfield3535272069-4914

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