Manchester City are preparing to compete with Liverpool for the signing of Brazilian prodigy Kayky, who has refused to extend his contract at Fluminense.
The 17-year-old has drawn comparisons to compatriot Neymar with his fascinating feet and ability to pass a player, and has been linked with a selection of clubs across Europe.
According to Brazilian media outlet Globo Esporte, Shakhtar Donetsk recently made an offer of 5 million euros for Kayky, which could reach 15 million euros with add-ons. However, they face competition from Manchester City for his signing, who have since started talks with Fluminense.
In addition to Kayky, his teammate Fluminense Metinho is also of interest to the City Group. The intention is said to be throwing Kayky straight into the youth set up at Man City, while midfielder Metinho would start at another club in the group’s franchise.
The City Group has clubs all over the world; in Melbourne, New York, Yokohama, Girona, Montevideo, Mumbai, Sichuan, Lommel and Troyes.
Kayky and Metinho are both 17 years old and their contracts end on December 30, 2022. However, they both have to wait until they are 18 before traveling to Europe.
Kayky turns 18 in June and has also sparked interest from Liverpool as the Reds have already made contact with his representatives.
According to UOL, these representatives have already rejected a contract extension at Fluminense. With the three-year deal he signed in early 2020 expiring in 2022, the Brazilian side could be forced to take advantage of him.
The Reds have a recent history of raiding Fluminense for their young talent, having signed teenage goalkeeper Marcelo Pitaluga in the summer of 2020 for £ 1.8million – and a deal for Kayky could be structured in a similar fashion.