While Roberto Mancini remains busy trying to sign some of the world’s biggest names, Manchester City are also keeping an eye out for younger prospects, and could be ready to bring in 17-year old French sensation M’Baye Niang from Ligue 2 side Caen.
Niang made 23 appearances for the Normandy-based club last season, and despite their relegation from the French first division, has many experts talking him up as one of the biggest talents the country has produced in years.
City have been quick to jump on the trail of French Under-21 international after seeing the youngster spend a few days training at Arsenal, with Brian Marwood, the Football Administration Officer at City, said to have approached Caen with a request to have Niang come to Eastlands for talks over his future.
The Citizens are hoping that they can swoop in for the player ahead of Arsenal, and are ready to offer Caen an impressive £6 million for the 17-year old who they believe can become one of the world’s best strikers in the coming years.
Marwood has over the previous few seasons been trying to improve the quality of the players developing through City’s youth academy after manager Mancini expressed his unhappiness over the inability of the club’s youth system to groom stars.