CJ Egan-Riley set for permanent switch away from Manchester City to Burnley
Young Manchester City star CJ Egan-Riley is set to depart the Etihad Stadium to Vincent Kompany's Burnley for an initial £350,000, with potential for the deal to rise to £750,000, according to reports on Friday and Saturday.
Reports of this move came from Alan Nixon and Fabrizio Romano, with the former revealing the six-figure transfer fee for a permanent deal on Patreon yesterday afternoon after it was thought Egan-Riley would be moving on loan.
Romano has this morning confirmed that the player is set to depart permanently, and both journalists have stressed how Kompany wanted the player in a huge summer of rebuilding at the Clarets.
No less than 15 players have departed Turf Moor post relegation, and Kompany despite having only been in the job a few days, has got straight to work. But it looks as if Egan-Riley could be Burnley's first signing of what is set to be a hectic window.
The 19-year-old right-back has spent his life at City and made his first-team debut last season against Wycombe Wanderers in the Carabao Cup in a back four full of debutants. He clearly left an impression on Pep Guardiola as his presence in and around the first team lasted the entire season.
The youngster went on to make appearances in both the Premier League - coming off the bench in a 5-0 win over Newcastle - as well as the Champions League, where he was given a start in the 0-0 draw with Sporting CP in the round-of-16 second leg.
Despite his game time and the impressions left on senior staff, City already have two fantastic right-backs. First in Kyle Walker, who whilst 32 years old is still operating at a peak level and is contracted until 2024. Secondly, Joao Cancelo, who at 28 is just entering his peak and is tied down at the Etihad until 2027.
This, alongside the likes of highly-rated Brazilian Yan Couto and Burkinabe Issa Kabore still being in consideration, as well as a cheap buyback option on the impressive Spaniard Pedro Porro, City are in no short supply in that particular area.
Egan-Riley, meanwhile, is an impressive player, captaining the EDS as they led the charge and successfully defended their PL2 title, slotting in seamlessly on his Champions League debut, Burnley are picking up a gem here for a steal of a price.
Kompany in his first press conference at the Championship club spoke of the need to get things going and fast, as well as saying some deals are nearing completion “in the next 24-48 hours”. Whether he meant Egan-Riley or others we don't yet know, but this is an exciting move for a good young defender to go learn and develop under the watchful eye of a City great.
Egan-Riley might not be the only City player set to make their way up the M66 this summer either. Nixon also mentioned potential moves for central defender Taylor Harwood-Bellis, who Kompany worked with at Anderlecht, as well as Kosovan international goalkeeper Aro Muric, who's looking to relaunch his career after a few unsuccessful loans across Europe.
Elsewhere, Simon Bajkowski of the Manchester Evening News reports that City are expected to insert a number of clauses in the £5 million deal taking Academy midfielder Darko Gyabi to Leeds United, as is standard practice at the Premier League champions.
Similarly, although the finer details of Samuel Edozie's expected permanent transfer to Bayer Leverkusen are yet to emerge, several clauses will likely be inserted in the deal taking the winger to the Bundesliga.
Written by @olicoulsxn
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