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Manchester City 'beat Barcelona, Arsenal to Brazilian teenager'

Man City 'beat Barca, Arsenal to Brazilian teenager'
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Manchester City beat Barcelona and Arsenal to the signature of Coritiba youngster Yan Couto, according to a report.

Manchester City have reportedly won the race for Coritiba youngster Yan Couto.

The 17-year-old is yet to make his first-team debut for Coritiba but has impressed for their Under-20 side.

Barcelona were thought to be leading the race for the teenager, who has been capped on 13 occasions by Brazil's Under-17 side.

However, according to Gazeta do Povo, City have secured the defender's signature ahead of this summer's transfer window, with the English champions beating both Barca and Arsenal to a deal.

The report claims that Pep Guardiola's side will pay an initial €6m (£5m) for Couto, although the deal could rise a further €6m (£5m) in performance-based bonuses.

The right-back was also believed to be on Bayer Leverkusen's shortlist ahead of the next transfer window.


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