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Manchester City Beat Manchester United and Barca to Sign Argentine Starlet

Bruno Zuculini Manchester City Beat Manchester United and Barca to Sign Argentine Starlet

Bruno Zuculini, who is considered by many the top holding midfielder in the Argentine League, will sign for Manchester City next summer, despite interest from Manchester United and Barcelona, according to Goal. A fee has been agreed between Manchester City and Zucilini’s current club Racing in Argentina according to the report.

The youngster is on the fringes of the Argentine National Team and may in fact make the squad for this upcoming summer’s World Cup.

The 20 year-old Argentine international will not need a work permit because he already holds an Italian Passport. Importantly for City, he is a versatile player having filled in central defense for Racing in the past and can also play in a wide midfield position.

This season Manchester City has had difficulty with central defense and central midfield depth. Javier Garcia has been relied upon to provide cover in both positions but has proven to be mistake prone. Jack Rodwell’s failure to gain fitness consistently has frustrated manager Manuel Pellegrini, and James Milner is preferred as an attacking option in a wide position.

The signing of Zuculini, if it is confirmed, will help to settle the continued difficulties long-term City face in the middle of the pitch. Yaya Toure and Fernandinho make a formidable pairing but, at 30 and 28, both need to have their trainings and fixtures managed carefully. The Blues lack of quality depth in central midfield has made it impossible to do this during the current campaign.

Zuculini was a target for Manchester United whose central midfield woes have been the subject of much discussion in recent weeks. Michael Carrick’s recent injury has exposed the Red Devils lack of depth and quality in the middle of the pitch.

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A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the book Blue With Envy about Manchester City FC.
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2 Responses to Manchester City Beat Manchester United and Barca to Sign Argentine Starlet

  1. Andre says:

    If this happens I think he is still a couple of years away from being a regular in the City starting 11. That is not a position where they are going to let someone learn on the job. Next season I see him either on loan somewhere or League Cup starts/League sub appearances. He is a very promising player though.

    I remember City were big on Ezequiel Cirigliano about this time last year who is a very similar player to Zuculini. He is on loan at Hellas Verona right now but doesn’t appear to have panned out the way they hoped.

  2. Dan says:

    So he loves money then? He should have gone to Bar elona Xavi and Iniesta are getting older and he may get games in the midfield. Not to mention their superior track record and United’s record in moving youngsters to the first team this reeks of money being the biggest factor in the deal. He would most likely get games for United but I still don’t get why he would go to City considering they only have one youth product involved in their first team Micah Richards and he isn’t even a starter. In footballing terms this doesn’t make any sense

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