Done deal at the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City have completed the summer signing of exciting young French striker David Faupala on a free transfer from relegated Ligue 1 side Lens, according to the Manchester Evening News.
The France Under-18 international tweeted confirmation of the deal, saying “I am really happy to announce that I’ve just signed my first professional contract with Manchester City #Cityzen.”
Even if Faupala is not likely to come in and become a member of the first-team at the Etihad Stadium this season, he looks like a good addition for the future as the club need to stop relying so heavily on big-money signings and established stars.
For one thing, City’s recent transfer policy has not brought about huge amounts of success, with recent expensive signings like Eliaquim Mangala, Fernando and Stevan Jovetic struggling to settle in the Premier League, seeing the club finish trophyless last season and surrender their title to Chelsea.
This deal is City’s second signing of the summer transfer window, with BBC Sport reporting earlier this week that another highly-rated young forward had joined the club, Turkish starlet Enes Unal.
It remains to be seen if City will also try to bring in more senior players to add to their first-team for next season, with a third bid for Liverpool starlet Raheem Sterling also expected to be tabled over the weekend, according to the Daily Mirror.