Eastlands have reportedly snapped up a Barcelona youngster who is NOT the man below.
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Manchester City are reported to have clinched the signing of former Barcelona starlet Gai Assulin.
The 19-year-old Israel international – dubbed the ‘new Lionel Messi’ when he was coming through the ranks in Catalonia – is believed to be signing a four-year deal.
City were close to taking the midfielder in the summer but a knee injury delayed the deal.
Barcelona-based newspaper Sport reports that City are now satisfied with the youngster’s fitness and quality and will add him to their reserve squad.
Assulin underwent surgery on an injured knee last month. He visited Eastlands last week for a medical and was sent to a rehabilitation clinic to hasten his recovery. His Spanish citizenship means he will not need a work permit.
Assulin had been highly rated at the Nou Camp but saw chances diminish last season because of injury and the emergence of the likes of Pedro.
He was unable to reach agreement on a new contract and attracted wide interest once available on a free transfer. (Daily Mail)
Beware false profits. Young Israeli Gai Assulin is repeatedly billed as the “New Leo Messi” but perhaps such comparisons are ridiculously over the top. You see if he was anything like the Argentine genius then I would imagine that Barcelona would not have released him.
The 19 year old did not play a single minute of La Liga football for the Nou Camp side and in fact only appeared in one competitive match, albeit for less than an hour, in a Copa Del Rey encounter. Clearly the ‘starlet’ has some talent and was chased by a few sides since his contract at Barca ran out, but it seems that comparing him to Messi was a neat trick on behalf of the player’s agent and seems to have helped win him admirers as a result.
That being said it will be interesting to see if he makes any sort of impact at Eastlands where he will find it hard to fight his way up the pecking order.