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Manchester City 'in talks with Sporting Lisbon starlet Rafael Leao'

Manchester City reportedly open talks with Sporting Lisbon's "new Cristiano Ronaldo" Rafael Leao.

Manchester City have allegedly opened talks with Sporting Lisbon youngster Rafael Leao, a player dubbed "the new Cristiano Ronaldo".

The 19-year-old is one of Portuguese football's hottest prospects but, according to The Sun, he has been tipped to join the Sporting exodus due to the ongoing unrest at the club.

Several key members of the first team, including Rui Patricio, William Carvalho, Gelson Martins and Bruno Fernandes, terminated their contracts after fans attacked their training ground last month.

According to the report, City have been monitoring Leao since February, and have now swooped for him while his future at Sporting remains uncertain.

Leao is said to have been rated at more than £22m, but the Sky Blues could potentially snap him up on a free transfer.


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Gelson Martins in training for Sporting Lisbon on October 30, 2017
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool1714303773045
2Manchester CityMan City17142148103844
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs17130431161539
4Chelsea17114235142137
5Arsenal17104337231434
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd177552929026
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves177461919025
8Everton176652422224
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham177372525024
10Watford177372325-224
11Bournemouth177282528-323
12Leicester CityLeicester176472121022
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton176382024-421
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle174491422-816
15Crystal Palace1743101423-915
16Cardiff CityCardiff1742111733-1614
17Southampton172691632-1612
18Burnley1733111533-1812
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1724111028-1810
20Fulham1723121642-269

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