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Reports: Manchester City close to deals with Swiss striker and La Liga goalkeeper

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Manchester City is not just looking for big-name stars to become a world-class team. The young prospects are also important for the future, and two of them might be joining soon.

According to a report from ESPN, citing a club source, the Citizens are very close to an agreement with Swiss club Servette for the signing of 16-year-old Lorenzo Gonzales. The young striker was a target of many European giants, but City have acted faster and a deal is likely to be announced soon.

Gonzales would join the City academy in his first few seasons in charge, but much like Kelechi Iheanacho, he's regarded as a top player with a chance of being promoted to the first team soon depending on his performances in the youth system.

Another young player who could be joining City in the next few months is goalkeeper Germano Rulli, who plays at Real Sociedad in La Liga, on loan from Chilean club Maldonado. The Argentinean caught the eye of big teams across Europe with his performances, and his not expected to stay with the Spanish club next season.

Backup City keeper Willy Caballero is one of the likely departures in the summer transfer window, and Pep Guardiola is looking for a replacement to the veteran keeper, and a strong competition for starter Joe Hart. Guardiola's initial choice was Barcelona keeper Marc-André ter Stegen, but his price is too high for a backup. Rulli is a cheaper choice with great quality as well, and might be the best option in the end.