Manchester City are set to announce the transfer of Maximo Perrone, according to a report from Fabrizio Romano. The 2003-born midfielder is considered a huge talent that The Mirror once dubbed the “Next Frenkie de Jong”.
Manchester City Complete the Transfer of Maximo Perrone
Manchester City have completed the signing of Argentinian talent Máximo Perrone — documents are signed on clubs/player side, here we go confirmed 🚨🔵🇦🇷 #MCFC
Perrone joins Man City until June 2028 from Vélez — done deal as revealed in December, now completed & official soon. pic.twitter.com/P2BGCDSX3I
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 21, 2023
Newcastle were making “extensive checks” on Perrone, but the Citizens appear to have pipped them to the deal. They are activating his release clause, which was previously reported to be worth around £6.5 million, in his contract with Velez Sarsfield. Perrone has reportedly signed a contract until June 2028, and Romano reports that all documents have been signed.
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The player will meet his new teammates after the Sudamericano Sub20, where he’s currently part of Argentina’s U20 team, coached by Javier Mascherano. This would be City’s first piece of business in the January window, which has been a surprisingly quiet month.
Who is Maximo Perrone?
The midfielder has been at Buenos Aires club Velez Sarsfield for his entire career and has made 33 appearances for the club. In that time, he’s supplied three goals and two assists, impressing scouts all over the world in the process.
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Perrone is a left-footed midfielder with great attacking vision and passing skills. Impressively, he has already captained Velez as a 19-year-old, despite having played less than 50 top-flight games. He models his game on Sergio Busquets, but has also been compared to former Milan and Real Madrid star Fernando Redondo. In joining City, the teenager follows the footsteps of Julian Alvarez, who left River Plate last summer in a deal worth over £16 million.
The youngster is unlikely to make an instant impression on the first team, but for such a low reported fee he is worth the risk.