- Adwitya Jha
Reports: Manchester City closing in on Hungarian wonderkid
Updated: Jan 31, 2022
Manchester City are reportedly close to sealing an agreement for the Hungarian wonderkid, Zalan Vancsa, from MTK Budapest FC. The 17-year-old Hungarian is a right-footed player who predominantly plays on the left-wing. But Vancsa is perfectly capable of playing in any position across the front 3.
The news was first broken by Ben Bocsak, on January 6th, when he reported that there was already an agreement in place between the Premier League champions and the Hungarian for a potential transfer, with City and MTK negotiating a transfer fee.
Fast forward to the 22nd, and Bocsak confirmed that City had put in an official bid for Vancsa, with negotiations ongoing over certain bonuses and a sell-on clause for MTK – in case of any potential sale of the winger in the future. The reported fee could potentially rise to £5m, which would be the record transfer fee for a player from the top flight league of Hungary, the NB1.
On the 25th, Bocsak reported that Vancsa is expected to travel to England this Friday for his medical, to complete his move to City this window. According to Bocsak, Vancsa is expected to stay at MTK on loan until the end of the season.
Originally he was expected to join City's sister club in Belgium, SK Lommel, on loan – but due to the negotiations stretching on longer than expected, the parties involved are said to be concerned that his registration in Belgium may take too long.
City's imminent signing of Vancsa has since been corroborated by Mike McGrath of The Telegraph.
Vancsa is the second bright young prospect to potentially join City in this window; Julian Alvarez, the Argentine marksman is expected to complete his move to City this window, and similar to Vancsa, be loaned back to his original club for the rest of the season at least.
UPDATE: As reported by Simon Bajkowski of the Manchester Evening News, Vancsa will be joining Lommel SK officially rather than City in the summer. Ben Bocsak reports that this is due to FIFA rules on loans changing.
Written by: @adwitya16
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