Stamford Bridge youngster edges towards Etihad Stadium switch.
Manchester City are set to have Chelsea wonderkid Conor Hunte watched this weekend.
The Premier League champions have been tracking the progress of the highly-rated youngster, 16, and are understood to be keen to sign him.
Hunte impressed in a youth-team game against City last Saturday with Chelsea running out 2-0 winners.
He is now set to line up away to Crystal Palace this weekend. Hunte has already played three times for the England Under-17 team and has been tipped for a big future at Stamford Bridge
Should City poach him then they would have to pay a compensation fee to Chelsea.
But the European Champions are determined to convince the teenager his future lies in London.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
Man City boss Roberto Mancini has clearly taken a shine to young midfielder Hunte and has been monitoring his development for some time now and is readying a move to poach him from Chelsea.
Roberto Mancini appears to have taken a different tack in terms of his squad building over the past few months. Over the summer the Italian’s spending was restrained, by Man City’s own extravagant standards anyway, bringing in youthful additions such as Jack Rodwell and Scott Sinclair and only mildly big-name signings such as Javi Garcia.
Perhaps part of this new cost effective plan is the procurement of talented youngsters from other members of Europe’s ‘Elite’.
Connor Hunte is considered one of the bright prospects of English football, the England Under 17 international and is a player Chelsea will not want to lose.
The attacking midfielder has been compared to Mesut Ozil and City would be required to pay the Blues a compensation fee should they put in a genuine offer for the teenager.
Hunte may feel that his chances of pushing through at Stamford Bridge will be hampered by the long list of talented youngsters now plying their trade in the Blues first team.
Chelsea spent £80m+ on Eden Hazard, Oscar, Victor Moses, Thorgan Hazard, Marko Marin and Cesar Azpilicueta, all of whom are 23 years of age or under, as the West London side adopt a far more youthful transfer policy that could well make life hard for those trying to break into the first team picture via the academy and youth team systems.
Tickets still available for top football matches – Man City v Tottenham tickets