Manchester City have won the race to sign highly-rated Norwegian goalkeeper Kjetil Haug, according to the player’s father.
Dubbed ‘the new Peter Schmeichel’, 15-year-old Haug has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League, with Manchester United and Arsenal amongst the interested parties.
Indeed, the youngster enjoyed a brief trial with the Red Devils earlier in the year, but has opted to join their local rivals.
“I can confirm that he will go to Manchester City this summer,” the keeper’s father told Dagbladet.
“I can’t say anymore right now.”
Despite the young age of the stopper, news of his decision to join the Citizens will be a significant coup for Manuel Pellegrini.
The Premier League title chasers have had troubles between the sticks this season at the Etihad Stadium, and whilst the teenager won’t be in first team contention, his arrival will be a boost for Manchester City.
It will also deal a blow to their rivals – particularly Manchester United, who took a closer look at the player in September.
The Daily Mail reported that Red Devils coaches were ‘excited’ by the player’s potential, and were eager to lure him to Old Trafford.
They also claimed that Manchester United were the original preference of the youngster, but that appears to have changed over the past two months.
Arsenal were also set to welcome the youngster for a trial, as the English clubs queued up for his signature.
However, the Gunners appear to have missed the boat completely, with Arsene Wenger seemingly unable to take a closer look at the player before his decision was made.
Wojciech Szczesny is the current number one at the Emirates Stadium, and after a recent improvement in form, the Pole could hold the Arsenal number one position for years to come.