Racing Club have confirmed that Bruno Zuculini is travelling to England to finalise a deal to join Manchester City, more than 6 months after it was initially reported. The 21-year-old midfielder is reported to cost the big-spending, Premier League Champions just £1.5 million.
A statement on the Racing website said, “Bruno Zuculini today traveled to England to perform a medical examination at Manchester City.” With his contract running down at the Avellaneda side where he started his career, City are believed to have wrapped up a deal for as little as £1.5 million.
Zuculini holds an Italian passport so the deal will not be disrupted by any work permit issues and this drawn out transfer will finally be concluded.
A classy defensive midfielder, Zuculini has gone on to play 92 times for Racing since making his debut back in 2010. Comfortable on the ball and capable of bursting forward from deep, Zuculini has scored 10 times for the first team, and is yet another off the Racing academy conveyor belt.
His older brother, Franco was another of Racing’s youth products and also made the move to Europe at a young age when Hoffenheim signed him. Spells at Genoa and Real Zaragoza followed but the older Zuculini now finds himself back in Argentina. Bruno will be hoping his European adventure is more successful.
For the cut price it represents a good deal for Manchester City but unless he is loaned out somewhere it is difficult to see Zuculini getting much playing time. It would be a shame at just 21 to see his development grind to a halt sitting on the bench and playing for the reserves.