Manchester City joins the race to sign Southampton winger

Champions of the Premier League Manchester City is competing to recruit one of Southampton’s most promising young players

The trend in academy transfers between City and Southampton in recent months has been more frequently in the direction of transfers to the south coast than the other way around. Most recently, Jason Wilcox, the director of Manchester City’s academy, announced that, after the current season, he would join Southampton’s first team in a more senior capacity.

Gavin Bazunu, Juan Larios, Romeo Lavia, and Samuel Edozie all successfully left Manchester City’s famed academy conveyor belt for right away first-team opportunities at Saint Mary’s, prompting that choice. The Premier League winners, who have greatly improved their track record of giving academy talents first-team opportunities, may now attempt to recruit one of Southampton’s most promising young players, according to a recent report.

According to Sky Sports, Jimmy-Jay Morgan, a star in the Southampton academy, has informed the team that he wants to go after turning down their offer of a first-ever professional deal at Saint Mary’s. As a result, the academy programmes at Manchester City, Arsenal, and Leeds United are currently “assessing” whether to recruit the 17-year-old, who also represents England at the young level and frequently trains with the Southampton first-team squad.

Because of his early skill, Morgan has already earned a spot on the substitutes’ bench for this season’s Carabao Cup matches against Manchester City and Sheffield Wednesday as well as the FA Cup third-round match against Crystal Palace. Jimmy-Jay Morgan, who is most frequently used as a winger but can also play at striker, has scored four goals in eight Premier League 2 games for Southampton B this season and six goals in eight games for England’s under-17 team.

If Morgan decides to narrow his options to the three current suitors, Manchester City’s stellar track record of producing promising attacking players within their academy system may influence his choice. Adedire Mebude and Carlos Borges, two Portuguese forwards, are dominating youth tournaments this season alone, securing frequent appearances in Pep Guardiola’s first-team training sessions.

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