Things have turned out to be quite unfortunate for Ecuadorian midfielder Jordan Sierra.

During the past week, we’ve followed all the rumours claiming Manchester City were close to signing the player.

But although the City officials have traveled to South America to watch him, they were never able to do so. That’s because he ended up getting dengue fever which left him out of the recent matches.

The information was confirmed by the Delfín president José Delgado, who speaking to the local press said there’s a still a chance Manchester City will buy the player.

“The representative from English football arrived, but his first objective was to see him play and he could not,” said Delgado (via El Universo).

“We talked to him, we met and he is to watch him in the World Cup. We are patient and waiting for an opportunity, if not, the player is very important for us and is part of our team.”

Delgado didn’t want to say how advanced the negotiations with Manchester City are, and claimed they will only be able to speak further if a transfer is completed.

The 2017 U-20 World Cup will be hosted in South Korea between May and June. That means that if Manchester City are impressed, they could still land him in time for the preseason.