A closer look at the Colombian hotshot that has earned rave reviews and is reportedly close to a Manchester City move.
Marlos Moreno looks set to be another name through the door at Manchester City this summer.
Colombia’s football coach Carlos Restrepo for the Olympic Games has revealed that he has been unable to include the player in his squad owing to his pending move to the Blues.
While the club have not confirmed a deal, the forward’s omission from the squad looks to be a clear indication that his immediate future has been mapped out.
What do we know of the 19-year-old? As with the signings of Aaron Mooy and Oleksandr Zinchenko this summer, this is a move that has flown under the radar and is not expected to be one of the big deals of the window.
Here is a bit more background on the latest player ready to be ushered into the Etihad under Pep Guardiola’s tenure.
Where does Moreno play?
After making his debut for them two years ago, the teenager plays for Atletico Nacional, the club with the most Colombian championships titles. He has also represented his national side, making his debut in March and scoring against Costa Rica in the Copa America.
Positionally, the attacker has had success slotting in behind the main striker. City are not short of players in that area of the pitch, both in the first team and prospects coming through so his arrival will add to already stiff competition.
Why do City want Moreno then?
This profile fits in with the policy of recent years of buying in young talent to increase the likelihood of bringing down the age of the first team in the long term.
It also ties in with their aim – shared with every football club – of beating their rivals to signing players. United and Barcelona are said to have been among the clubs interested.
Will Moreno go straight into City’s first-team squad?
Patrick Roberts, Jason Denayer and Jack Byrne are among the players of a similar age to have been sent away for more than 12 months, and La Liga – where City have good links – has been mooted as a possible move for Moreno.
That said, he has experience of a major tournament and Kelechi Iheanacho shows what can happen if you take your opportunity.
What do the experts say about Moreno?
Colombia coach Jose Pekerman listed the player as an option to replace Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez in the Copa America while South American football correspondent Tim Vickery has been impressed.
“There are no guarantees but not since the likes of Sergio Aguero, Alexis Sanchez and Neymar have I been so enthusiastic about a young player,” he wrote earlier this year.