Manchester United have been dealt a transfer blow with news that Argentine starlet target Bruno Zuculini is set to join rivals Manchester City.
The 21-year-old midfield enforcer made his debut for Racing Club four years ago, and has quickly built up a reputation as a touch tackling player who takes no prisoners at the heart of the side.
Former U20 international
He's also been acknowledged at junior international level, making eight appearances for the U20 side - he's yet to appear at a higher level, however. That might change if he gets a chance with the Citizens, although it's going to be tough to force his way into first team contention.
"Bruno Zuculini today travelled to England to perform a medical examination at Manchester City," read a club statement.
Zuculini, who will be the fourth Argentine at the Etihad Stadium alongside Pablo Zabaleta, Martin Demichelis and Sergio Aguero, will be competing alongside the likes of Yaya Toure, Fernandinho and new signing Fernando in a 4-2-3-1 formation favoured by the Manchester City manager.
Manuel Pellegrini was able to bring the title back to the club last season, but this particular signing shows he is also thinking about the future of the Citizens. And, at £1.5million, he'll be hoping it's a long-term bargain.
That's something Manchester United have missed out on, as manager Louis van Gaal splashes the cash at Old Trafford, despite his World Cup commitments with the Netherlands.
The Red Devils confirmed the addition of Ander Herrera on Thursday, and are also expected to unveil England left-back Luke Shaw in a deal that could make him the most expensive teenager in history.
His potential £30million is huge in comparison to the fee for Zuculini, who The Daily Express claim has been of interest to the fading former Premier League champions after a fall from grace last season under David Moyes.
The interest will now appear to be in vain however, and Manchester United will need to look elsewhere as they continue to rebuild for the 2014/15 campaign.