Manchester City have completed the signing of excellent Brazilian defender Yan Couto. The 17-year-old was signed from Brazilian side Coritiba. Although yet to make a senior appearance for the club, the youngster has impressed the hierarchy at the Etihad Stadium with his performances.
He was part of the Brazil team that won the U17 World Cup last November. A shining light during the tournament, Couto created more chances than any other defender in the competition. His impressive displays have seen him compared to fellow countryman and former Barcelona right-back Dani Alves. He was included in The Guardian's “Next Generation 2019” in recognition of his talent.
The highly-rated youngster was tracked by several top European sides as his contract with Coritiba was set to expire at the end of the season. He was expected to move to either Arsenal or Barcelona until Manchester City stepped up their interest during the January transfer window. But the club could not complete the deal within the month.
City have now secured the teenager’s signature in a 5-year deal. But he will not be moving to England until he clocks 18 by June this year. With several Brazilian internationals at the club, Couto will have no problems settling in. Yet at 18, he still has a long way to go before cementing a place in the City defence. Given the unpredictable nature of young players’ development, the signing is still a gamble of some sort.
But it signifies long-term planning as he could develop into one of the best players in the world at the Etihad Stadium. However, it’s left for the player to work hard to realise his full potential in the years to come.