Manchester City beat Barcelona to sign the 17-year-old world cup winner Yan Couto from Brazilian side Coritiba.
According to Diario Sport the defender has signed a five-year deal with the Premier League champions for a total of €12 million. The defender will be paid €6million up-front and a further €6m in installments.
City were facing tough competitions from Blaugrana for the youngster with the Spanish giants bidding around €5 million. And to avoid any further competition for the defender, City doubled their bid in order to ensure the Brazilian travels to Western Europe.
The 17-year-old Champion was also said to be followed by Arsenal and Bayer Leverkusen but Manchester City seemed to have won the race with a whopping bid for a teenager.
Couto is yet to make a senior-team appearance for Coritiba but is assumed to be the brightest prospect of Brazilian football because of his strength and agility on the field. The teenager rose to prominence because of the number of chances he created in the world-cup which was more than any other defender.
He has been named as ‘the new Dani Alves’ because of his style of play and lighting pace going forward which is also the prowess of his idol.
The Brazilian has penned the five-year-contract but will not join the club until June 18.