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Man City close to striking terms for Velez Sarsfied sensation Thiago Almada

Manchester City are raiding the Argentine transfer market for exciting Velez Sarsfied prospect Thiago Almada.

The Sun says City hope to buy Argentina starlet Almada — dubbed the new Lionel Messi — in a £20million deal.

And City are even willing to let Spanish partner club Girona take him first if they are hit by a Fifa transfer ban.

Spies for boss Pep Guardiola have made attacking midfielder Almada a top target for the summer, despite the fact he only turns 18 on Friday.

City are prepared to pay a huge fee for Almada because that would help get him a work permit if they can do the deal.

Almada is rated the best young talent in his homeland and his explosive and clever skills have marked him out as the latest to be compared to Barcelona great Messi.

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