Manchester City continue youth drive with Kjetil Haug & Kelechi Iheanacho set to sign

Haug, a commanding goalkeeper likened to Peter Schmeichel, and Under-17 World Cup winner Iheanacho are set to become the latest promising talents to swell City's youth ranks
By Paul Clennam

Manchester City are nearing deals for Kjetil Haug and Kelechi Iheanacho, two of the highest-rated teenagers in world football.

Goal understands that Haug, a 15-year-old Norwegian goalkeeper, has agreed terms with City while 17-year-old Iheanacho has been given permission to leave the senior Nigeria squad to complete his move.

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Haug had been on trial Manchester United and Arsenal as well as City, and although he travelled to a match with the United Under-18 squad and also spent time with David De Gea and Anders Lindegaard, he has now elected to join their city rivals.

Iheanacho's father had previously revealed that his son would move to the Etihad Stadium, and now Goal has learned that Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has allowed him to take a break from preparations for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations to hammer out a deal.

The 17-year-old was awarded the Golden Ball after scoring six goals as he led his country to the Under-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates earlier this year.

The two latest additions represent a statement of intent from City, who recently put Patrick Vieira in charge of their Elite Development Squad.

The club have already snapped up Zacharias Faour, dubbed the new Zlatan Ibrahimvic, as well as Real Madrid youngster Jose Pozo and Malaga's Brahim Abdelkader, who is just 14 years old.

A number of domestic talents have been recruited, as City set about building a strong youth set-up to make the most of their state of the art Etihad Campus.