Sport Manchester City keen to land Sporting youngster Rafael Leao

20:50  13 february  2018
20:50  13 february  2018 Source:   readsport.co

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Manchester City have reportedly lodged a big money move for Sporting Lisbon hotshot Rafael Leao . William Carvalho (L) celebrates with goalscorer Rafael Leao during the Sporting and Feirense clash. That led them to extend the youngster ’s contract until 2022 last October.

Manchester City have reportedly lodged a big money move for Sporting Lisbon hotshot Rafael Leao . William Carvalho (L) celebrates with goalscorer Rafael Leao during the Sporting and Feirense clash. That led them to extend the youngster ’s contract until 2022 last October.

Premier League leaders Manchester City have shown a strong interest in Sporting CP attacker Rafael Leao, according to the Daily Mail.

The 18-year-old has only recently got into the Sporting side but has impressed Manchester City after a string of fine performances this season.

A number of clubs around the continent have shown a strong interest in the player. He featured in his side’s most recent game in a 2-0 win over Feirense at the weekend.

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The player has been at the club since the age of nine and was, a couple of months ago, offered a new improved contract. Leao is a current Portugal Under-21 international.

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LONDON: Manchester City have moved to secure the summer transfer of Rafael Leao , a teenage striker widely regarded as the most impressive attacking talent in Portuguese football. The remainder of Leao ’s playing time this season has been spent with Sporting ’s B and UEFA Youth League sides.

MANCHESTER CITY are reportedly about to table a £22.25million bid for Sporting Lisbon wonderkid Rafael Leao . That led them to extend the youngster 's contract until 2022 last October. However, the report states that his new deal includes a release clause of £53m.

He plays in the left wing position and has had quite an impact this season, largely for the club’s reserve side. He’s netted 11 goals in 17 games, which has caught the eye of the first-team staff at the club.

City will likely monitor his progress as the season continues.

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West Ham send scouts to watch William Carvalho .
West Ham’s failure to land William Carvalho in the summer saw the ridiculed for the series of embarrassing comments made by club officials in the aftermath, but it appears as if that’s all water under the bridge as the Hammers consider a summer move for the Portugal international. David Moyes wants to bring in a new defensive midfielder to provide a screen to his defence and Carvalho is one of the top targets being considered by the club despite his £36m release clause. Sporting’s captain has impressed so far this season and West Ham again sent scouts to check up on the 25-year-old midfielder during Sporting’s 2-1 Liga NOS win over Tondela on Monday evening. In addition to Carvalho, fellow Sporting standouts Bas Dost, who netted in the game, and Gelson Martins would also have been on their radar. #mcfc #mufc #whufc #ogcnice #mhsc #bvb scouts watched Tondela 1-2 #scp on Mon [Abola] — Scouts in Attendance (@scoutsattending) February 21, 2018 However, the Hammers weren’t alone in their efforts as scouts from Manchester United, Manchester City, OGC Nice and Borussia Dortmund were all also in attendance, according to A Bola, but the subject of their visit remains undisclosed.

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