Marca this week features an interview with Estudiantes De La Plata wonderkid Dario Sarmiento, who’s heading to Manchester City this summer.
The deal has already been made official by the clubs, as the Premier League champions are paying €5m to land the Argentine youngster. Now he tells the story about how he got to know about the move.
“My representatives, Facundo Fraga and Luciano Galletti, told me that they were following me, that they were going to come to see me at a game,” Sarmiento told Marca.
“That undoubtedly gave me a lot of strength to continue working day by day and motivated to continue improving in my career.”
“I trust my representatives a lot and I stay out of all that. I know they came to see me play, then I had some talks with them and now I’m excited to be able to travel and start this new experience at Manchester City.”
Sarmiento was also asked if the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid were really interested in his signing, and claims to be only focused on the City move.
“The truth is that I don’t know, but as soon as they told me the real possibility of Manchester City, I did not hesitate, it made me very happy and I didn’t want to hear anything else.”
Marca writes that the €5m fee may look little for Manchester City, but highlights that the Premier League side are making a risky investment by signing a teenager from Estudiantes.
Pep Guardiola’s side have been watching several South American youngsters, although some of them go to other clubs from the City Group. Sarmiento is set to complete his transfer in July, and he’ll be followed by Brazilian striker Kayky, who’s moving to England in January 2022.