Manchester City Swoop in for Barcelona Star on a Free Transfer

True BlueCorrespondent IOctober 8, 2010

Gai Assulin
Gai Assulin

It appears that after several weeks of rumour and speculation Manchester City are close to announcing the capture of Gai Assulin on a free transfer.

City were looking at signing the youngster, described by some as 'the new Messi', in the summer but a deal was delayed by an injury.

Now fit and ready to get back to full training, Roberto Mancini has pressed for the signing with a number of other major European clubs keeping a watching brief.

It seems City have made their move and will add a very talented player to its squad.

As he is only 19, he would be eligible to play immediately and would join Balotelli as a possible star if the future.