Manchester City have opened talks with Anderlecht over highly-rated Spanish full-back Sergio Gomez, 90min understands.
The 21-year-old Spaniard enjoyed a brilliant 2021/22 campaign under City legend Vincent Kompany, who is believed to have talked up Gomez to his former club.
Gomez, who finished last season with 11 assists, has been scouted by a number of clubs in recent months – including Leeds and West Ham – but City are the frontrunners to sign the full-back in a deal believed to be worth around £15m.
City are in need of left-sided options due to the sale of Oleksandr Zinchenko, however sources have told 90min that Gomez is being looked at with an eye on the future and will not impact their search for a Zinchenko replacement.
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While looking at Gomez to bolster their youth ranks, City are also looking to let a few other youngsters head out on loan for some much needed experience.
Highly-rated midfielder James McAtee is set to be allowed on loan with Sheffield United set to win the race for his signature.Leeds and Bournemouth were also keen to sign the 19-year-old, but City have decided to send him to the Championship instead.
Another youngster set for a loan is Liam Delap, who again had Premier League interest, but is set to follow in his father Rory’s footsteps by moving to Stoke City.