Guardiola is overjoyed as Man City shocks Brighton with a deal for the “golden” talent.

Guardiola ecstatic as Man City stun Brighton with transfer agreement for ‘golden’ star

Manchester City have struck an agreement in principle with a ‘golden boy’ who Brighton believed was heading to the AMEX, according to reports.

Brighton’s recruitment in recent times has become the envy of the Premier League. Indeed, the Seagulls have signed many a player for nominal fees who within a few years, developed into top class stars and highly saleable assets.

Alexis Mac Allister and Moises Caicedo were the latest high profile names to generate huge profits for the club last summer. Further back, Brighton collected sizeable sums for the likes of Marc Cucurella, Yves Bissouma and Leandro Trossard, to name just three more.

Brighton’s model relies on signing the next generation of stars and per Fabrizio Romano, they believed Valentin Barco fit that billing.

Indeed, Romano reported in mid-August that Brighton’s interest in the Boca Juniors left-back was “concrete”.

In fact, Brighton opened negotiations with their Argentine counterparts and Barco was even labelled “keen” on the switch.

However, the English transfer deadline came and went without an agreement being reached. Fast forward to present day and Man City have reportedly succeeded where Brighton failed.

The 19-year-old has established himself as a regular starter at Boca this season and has already been capped at Under-20 level for Argentina.

TyC Sports reporter, Germán García Grova, tweeted Man City have “reached an agreement in principle with Valentin Barco.”

City officials are now due to fly to Argentina to thrash out an agreement with Boca Juniors.

The move looks set to represent a coup for City, with Grova describing Barco as a “golden boy”.

The 19-year-old has established himself as a regular starter at Boca this season and has already been capped at Under-20 level for Argentina.

Barco’s contract with Boca is understood to contain an £8m release clause which City are prepared to activate.


BBC pundit tips Manchester United to lose to Brighton this weekend and explains why

Manchester United return to Premier League action this weekend looking to maintain a home winning streak.

With two wins and two losses in the league this season, the one consolation is that the two victories have come at Old Trafford.

And home advantage could be crucial when Manchester United face Brighton and Hove Albion this weekend. United are unbeaten at Old Trafford in 31 consecutive games in all competitions.

The problem is that the last away team to win at Old Trafford, were Brighton, in Erik ten Hag’s first game.

Brighton tipped to beat Man Utd

Surely Brighton couldn’t do it again, and win at Old Trafford for a second successive season?

Well, it can’t be ruled out considering their recent impressive form which saw them demolish Newcastle 3-1.

BBC Sport pundit Chris Sutton is tipping a victory for the Seagulls, calling a dramatic 3-2 victory for Roberto De Zerbi’s side.

He explains that United’s need to attack Brighton could seriously backfire.

Sutton told BBC Sport: “Maybe this is the game where United find their feet – we know they can counter-attack really well, and the way Brighton play might suit them. But I just don’t see it.

“Surely with United being at home, they have to go after Brighton, rather than sitting back and trying to beat them on the break that way?

“If United play the way I am expecting them to, that would play into Brighton’s hands. Evan Ferguson and Danny Welbeck are both injury doubts for Brighton but I think we will see an open game with plenty of goals, and I have a feeling the Seagulls will edge it.”

Brighton strong record v Manchester United

Worryingly, Manchester United have not won over 90 minutes against Brighton in the past four games in all competitions.

This included a humiliating 4-0 loss away from home at the end of the 2021/22 season, before Brighton came to win at Old Trafford 2-1 on the first day of last season.

United edged past Brighton on penalties in April after a 0-0 draw after extra-time, but it was hardly convincing.

And then there was an injury-time defeat away in the league at the end of last season, De Zerbi’s first victory over United.

It feels like United owe Brighton one, and these players have to use that as motivation. It just won’t be easy.

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