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Manchester City starlet handed free transfer

Ibrahim allowed to leave City. (©GettyImages)
Ibrahim allowed to leave City. (©GettyImages).

Abdisalam Ibrahim has confirmed that he’s available on a free transfer this summer.

The Manchester City starlet, dubbed ‘the new Yaya Toure’, has been linked with a number of top clubs in recent weeks, following a loan spell at Stromgodset last season.

Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Crystal Palace are the Premier League clubs in the mix for the player, according to The Daily Express last week, whilst Celtic are also eager to bring the talented teenager to Scotland.

The links away from the Etihad Stadium came after speculation that the player was to be granted a move away from the Citizens, and Ibrahim has confirmed that he’ll be allowed to leave for nothing.

"Yes, it's true the club gave me a free transfer last week and my advisors are speaking with clubs at this stage. I'm hoping to have my future sorted in the next couple of weeks hopefully by mid August,” the youngster told Sky Sports.

"Stromsgodset have been really good to me and I have developed so much here, but now I would like to test myself at the highest level which is playing in the Premier League week in week out."

Whilst regular first-team football would never be guaranteed, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has a track record of bringing talented young players to the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners also courted a young Yaya Toure, and had Patrick Vieira on their books in north London. Ibrahim, compared to the aforementioned duo, might be a shrewd addition for nothing by the Frenchman.
Liverpool are another club with a great tradition of bringing talented youngsters to the club, and Brendan Rodgers has not been afraid to gamble on inexperience in the first-team at Anfield.
Ibrahim would also fit nicely into the Northern Irishman's favoured 4-2-3-1 formation on Merseyside, and could be the bargain of the summer if the Reds can add him to their ranks for nothing.

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