Man City set to sign Barcelona wonderkid Poveda

The Under-16 international has been on loan at Brentford this season and could remain in England with the Etihad giants hopeful of securing a transfer from Luis Enrique's side
Manchester City are set to strike a deal with Barcelona to sign England-born wonderkid Ian Carlo Poveda, Goal understands.

Poveda, 15, is currently on loan at Championship side Brentford but City are confident of striking a deal to incorporate the talented wideman into their youth ranks.

The diminutive winger has received several call-ups to England's Under-16 side in recent months.

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His skills against Japan U16s went viral last October, with the video posted from his Twitter account re-tweeted over 1000 times.

The youngster has played in the same England ranks as City prospect Jadon Sancho, who is highly thought of at the Etihad Stadium.

Brentford had been hopeful of keeping hold of Poveda, but City are thought to be close to agreeing a deal with Barca.

The news comes as it is reported that Brentford are set to close their academy, three years after it was opened.