Manchester City have reportedly agreed to loan out the exciting attacking talent they signed on a long-term deal in January for two seasons in the Dutch top-flight.
According to Reon Boeringa of Voetbal International, SC Heerenveen have reached an agreement with City to loan Filip Stevanovic for two seasons, with the source adding that Serie A side Genoa had been beaten in the battle to sign the Serbian youth international by the Eredivisie side.
Boeringa writes that the 18-year-old only needs to complete a medical at this stage following the agreement reached by the Premier League champions and the Dutch club.
At the end of October last year, it became clear that City were close to signing the winger from Partizan Belgrade, with a deal seemingly all but confirmed. Belgrade outlet Mozzart Sport reported that City would be paying the Serbian club €6.5million in compensation and that the player would be joining the Premier League side in 2021 - but would remain at Partizan for the remainder of the season. Mozzart Sport continued their report by revealing that Stevanovic was told that he would then move on loan to a stronger league.
The confirmation from the Serbian club came the day after - announcing that the player would transfer to City in the winter transfer window, with the club saying that the transfer of the player was a significant confirmation of the good and hard work of all club structures.
Fast forward to this summer's transfer window, Stevanovic will indeed be moving to a stronger league with his pending move to the Eredivisie, which has proved a great league for developing young talents, after seeing out the season with Partizan.
Stevanovic ranked 32nd in Goal's NXGN (wonderkids) 2021: Top 50 and was nominated for the 2021 Golden Boy Award last month.
In an exclusive interview with Goal in March, Stevanovic declared how he would do everything to make sure he plays for City one day, it being crazy how good they are, and his admiration for Guardiola:
"In my opinion, I think that I can improve the most there. It’s so fantastic to be part of such a big club as Manchester City. But for now, I want to take it step-by-step to my next goal.
"It’s so exciting [watching them] because I dream to play for a big club like City one day, and I will do everything to make that happen. I watch every game and it’s so crazy how good they are.
"It would be my pleasure to have a boss like Pep Guardiola - I really admire him."
Whether Stevanovic makes it at City remains to be seen, but his first steps on that journey will begin in the Netherlands at Heerenveen - providing his medical goes as planned, of course.
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