Pep Guardiola sends Manchester City scout to watch 19-year-old starlet

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola reportedly has his eyes on another young talent with Lazio striker Alessandro Rossi on his transfer radar.

The 19-year-old has scored nine goals in four games for the Biancocelesti’s youth team this year, which in turn has seen the attention around him grow.

According to The Sun, it has alerted Guardiola and City to his talents, and they in turn have sent out a scout to watch the youngster in action.

Lazio boss Simone Inzaghi evidently believes in his ability too and will be desperate to avoid losing him before he has the chance to deploy him in his side, as although Rossi has yet to make his Serie A debut, he was included in the senior squad last season.

According to the player’s agent, City sent out a scout to watch him over the weekend but he has reiterated that his client’s first objective is to make his impact in the Italian capital.

“There was a talent scout from Manchester City in the stands this weekend,” he told Sky Sport Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.

“Rossi is one of the most important European talents of his age group and over the summer several clubs had already targeted him, but he remained in Rome and doesn’t regret it.

“The interest is flattering, but nothing more. He’s keeping his feet on the ground and has his own objectives, first of all to make his Serie A debut.”

It’s arguably no real surprise that Guardiola is looking at potentially adding a striker to his squad, as the Spanish tactician appears to be a little light in that department.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach has Sergio Aguero as his first-choice forward, with Kelechi Iheanacho his only really back-up option in terms of having a natural striker at his disposal.

As a result, he may want to address that sooner rather than later, but his more immediate focus will be on getting his side to bounce back from their defeat to Tottenham on Sunday after the international break.

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