By Harvey Byrne
Young defender Tosin Adarabioyo is expected to sign a new contract at Manchester City with the cash-rich side backing down in their contract stand-off, according to a report.
The Telegraph has reported that the 19-year-old centre-back was interesting Celtic and Everton with his current deal at City set to expire in the summer.
However, it would now seem that he will be staying in Manchester with the report detailing that he is now expected to earn an initial £25,000-a-week for Pep Guardiola’s side.
The teenager has never played in the Premier League for City, but he is considered the “symbol of the club’s academy set-up” and it is claimed that the club have softened their stance at the eleventh hour to avoid risking losing him on a free.
Guardiola would also appear to have plans for Adarabioyo with the Spanish manager handing the young defender three more appearances in the Manchester City senior team to add to his debut 5-1 defeat against Chelsea in the FA Cup last season.
It is not yet clear whether managers Ronald Koeman and Brendan Rodgers are in the market for a new centre-back this summer, or if they were simply alerted to Adarabioyo with his contract nearing it’s end.
Football Insider verdict:
Both Celtic and Everton may have avoided signing a young player with an over-inflated ego in Adarabioyo and this may be the best outcome for both clubs. For a side with the wealth of Manchester City there are very few players they don’t give into demands to. However, if Adarabioyo was already asking for too much at 19 years of age then it can only get the worse. The teenager clearly values himself higher than what City do and it is likely the Manchester club have been forced into softening their stance with their recent transfer ban for younger players.
In other Celtic transfer news, the Hoops are set to miss out on this seven-figure cash windfall after manager comments.