Manchester City sign teenage Swedish striker for £400,000

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Manchester City have won the race to sign 15-year-old Swedish striker Zacharias Faour, according to the Manchester Evening News.

The teenage starlet has been tracked by a whole host of Premier League clubs including Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea. Serie 'A' champions Juventus have also been linked with the 15-year-old.

But Faour will join City next season, moving to the Etihad Stadium after his 16th birthday in January 2014.

The report suggests he'll be placed straight into the club's under-19s for the second half of the campaign.

There was fierce competition for his signature, and Chelsea reportedly took him on trial last year. 

But the Malmo youngster will join manager-less Manchester City, who are looking to improve their youth facilities and track record when it comes to transitioning players from youth team to first team squad. 

The club have pledged to invest up to £200m in new training ground and youth facilities in a site adjacent to the Etihad Stadium.

The 15-year-old is a tall striker with good technique, and as a product of the Malmo academy, will invariably be compared to fellow academy graduate and Sweden international Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The report claims City have paid £400,000 to sign Faour, and he'll join fellow Swede John Guidetti at the club.

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