With Manuel Pellegrini expected to embark on another multi-million pound spending spree before the season starts in August, very few would expect that at the top of Manchester City's transfer wishlist is nine-year-old West Ham United prospect, Omari Forson.
The young starlet - who has been at Upton Park since the age of five - has caught the eye of scouts from the Etihad Stadium following his performances for West Ham Under 10s and 11s this season.
Despite not turning ten until July, the left-footed forward has already been likened to Paris Saint Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The Hammers are keen to hold on to their child prodigy, but Manchester City's status as a growing European superpower, and the prospect of being part of their burgeoning academy plans are understood to be key selling points for the youngster's family, according to the Daily Mail.
The Premier League champions are set to move into brand new state-of-the-art youth facilities before the beginning of next season, enticing for the parents of any future stars, including Manchester United striker Robin van Persie and coach Phil Neville, who have both chosen to send their children to train there.