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Report: Man City and Brighton Battle Over Boca Juniors Left-Back

Manchester City Join Race for Boca Juniors Valentin Barco

Brighton Faces Competition

The pursuit of Boca Juniors’ young talent, Valentin Barco, has taken an intriguing twist. Initially, Brighton seemed to be leading the race for the 19-year-old left-back. However, Manchester City’s interest is now evident, potentially setting the stage for a heated transfer tussle.

Manchester City’s Considerations

As reported by the Daily Mail, the Premier League giants are contemplating activating Barco’s £8 million release clause, presenting a significant challenge to Brighton’s ambitions. Pep Guardiola’s intentions for Barco remain a subject of speculation. Will he be ushered into the first team or find his place within the City Football Group’s expansive network, which includes potential loan deals or placements in their sister clubs?

Having carved out a niche for himself within the Boca Juniors setup, Barco’s performances on both the Argentinian domestic front and in the esteemed Copa Libertadores have caught the attention of clubs beyond Brighton and Manchester City, with RB Leipzig also reportedly tracking him.

City’s South American Network

The spotlight on Barco also showcases Manchester City’s impressive scouting framework in South America, overseen by Joan Patsy. Their acquisition of Julian Alvarez stands testament to their successful endeavours in the region.

While Sergio Gomez is often seen as a potential fit for Barco’s position at City, his inclinations towards a more forward role, evident during Spain’s journey in the Under-21 European Championship final, leave room for potential defensive reinforcements.

As the transfer window progresses, the trajectory of Barco’s journey, whether to the Amex Stadium or the Etihad, will undoubtedly be a narrative worth tracking.

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