Man City expect to agree Barco signing in January - Sources

By Pete O'Rourke, Transfer Correspondent

18th Sep, 2023 | 1:00pm

Sources: Man City expect to agree Barco signing in January

Man City are confident of agreeing a deal for Boca Juniors left-back Valentin Barco, sources have told Football Insider.

The 19-year-old is highly-rated in his native Argentina and has caught the eye playing for the Buenos Aires outfit.

It is believed that Man City, Brighton and Juventus all looked into a potential move for Barco in the summer window – but a transfer failed to materialise.

All three clubs are expected to make moves again in January, but a well-placed source has told Football Insider that City are confident of winning the race for his signature.

They see the left-back as a player with real potential, and someone who can solve their long-standing issues at left-back.

Barco is under contract at Boca Juniors in December 2024, after coming through the ranks at La Bombonera.

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The youngster has made 19 appearances in this calendar year, notching one goal and two assists.

He represented Argentina at the Under-20 World Cup earlier this year, starting three out of four games as they were eliminated in the Round of 16.

Barco has made his senior breakthrough in 2023 after having to wait for his opportunity in recent seasons.

Man City lined up with new signing Josko Gvardiol at left-back in their 3-1 win over West Ham on Saturday (16 September).

Pep Guardiola’s squad only has one natural left-back – Spain Under-21 international Sergio Gomez.

The treble-winners are the only Premier League side to have won all five of their top-flight games this season.

They are back in action in the Champions League on Tuesday (19 September) against Red Star.

In other news, Man City star on £500,000-a-week after agreeing record deal.