By Daniel Feliciano

2nd Apr, 2022 | 2:30pm

Manchester City set to sign Ghana wonderkid Henry Oware in £840k deal - report

Manchester City are set to sign Ghanaian wonderkid Henry Oware in an £840,000 deal, beating off competition from Arsenal and Barcelona according to the Daily Mail.

Oware is an 18-year-old central defender who is currently playing in his homeland for West Africa Football Academy, but City have been tracking him for two years and they have finally made their move.

The City Football Group has agreed to pay £840,000 to bring him in ahead of Arsenal, Barcelona, Lille and Salzburg who had also been tracking him, but he is expected to go straight out on loan this summer due to work permit restrictions.

The Daily Mail say that Ligue 1 outfit Troyes, City’s sister club, will sign him on loan as he isn’t eligible to play in England due to the strict points system for overseas players imposed by the FA. He will join up with their first team if the transfer goes through as expected.

The youngster was promoted to the WAFA first-team aged just 16 during the second half of the 2020/21 season and has featured in eight league games in Ghana’s top-flight so far this season.

Stockpiling

City are becoming the new Chelsea when it comes to stockpiling talent in their academies and developing them using the loan system, but who can blame them?

If a top young talent is available then they’d be silly not to move for them, and it seems as though Oware is exactly that considering the clubs he has attracted attention from and the amount of money they are shelling out to ensure they can sign him.

He’ll be able to try and develop in another top league without the pressure of winning trophies with Man City and dislodging fully-fledged internationals from the team, and if he succeeds then City have secured a bargain of a signing.

Oware is certainly one to keep an eye on, standing at 6ft 3 and being left-footed, and now he’s Man City’s to develop and mould.

In other Manchester City news, Pep Guardiola has to give Gavin Bazunu first team chance next season