According to talkSPORT, Manchester City face serious competition from four other European clubs in their bid to secure the signature of Real Mallorca starlet Marco Asensio.
Real Madrid were favourites to sign the 18-year-old back in March – having scouted the player, alongside Barcelona, during his youth career – but it now appears that more clubs have wised up to young Spaniards burgeoning talents.
Sources in Spain report interest from Barcelona, Roma and Valencia.
Asensio has a £3.3million release clause fee at present, which is expected to rise to £7.4m in anticipation of a bidding war.
Asensio made his senior debut for Mallorca's B-team this season at the age of 17, scoring two goals in eight appearances as a creative winger. The Mallorca native impressed to such an extent that he was swiftly promoted to the full side, making his first-team debut in a 3-1 loss to Segunda Divison outfit Recreativo de Huelva.
It's also worth noting that the highly coveted playmaker has represented Spain at U-16 and U-17 level.
With fellow compatriot Jesus Navas at the club, Manuel Pellegrini might see Asensio as the perfect understudy. Marco would be wise, however, to observe the fate of fellow wing merchant Scott Sinclair, whose career has stagnated significantly since his switch to Manchester.