One of the sagas we covered a lot last summer was about Argentine wonderkid Thiago Almada.
It was mostly the Portuguese and the Argentine press who kept saying the winger could leave Velez Sarsfield to join Sporting.
For the transfer to be possible, it was Manchester City who would pay for the signing, and then keep a buying option to get him from the Portuguese side. It would all be part of a partnership between the clubs.
Almada ended up not moving, even though the Portuguese press keeps feeding the rumours here and there. But it seems the player still has Manchester City on his mind.
The 18-year-old has spoken to La Red this week, and when asked which club he picks when playing video games, he named the Premier League side.
“I’m grabbing this taste, all my teammates play, they made me start playing. I didn’t have it, I had to buy it now. I always choose Manchester City,” he said (via Marca).
The player has also claimed that he “would like to play in Europe, it’s much better there”.
But Almada has recently signed a new contract, raising his release clause. So he should be even harder to get in the future.