Manchester City have completed the signing of highly rated Brazilian starlet Kayky from Fluminense on Friday, in a deal believed to worth an initial €10 million. The teenager is set to remain with the club until the end of the Brazilian Serie A season, scheduled to finish in December.
We are delighted to confirm we have reached an agreement with Fluminese regarding the future transfer of Kayky. The teenage forward will remain with Fluminese until the end of the Brazilian season.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) April 23, 2021
It is said that the 17-year-old will join the academy upon arriving in England with Pep Guardiola set to have special attention in his development.
WHO IS KAYKY?
With the tagline ‘left-footed Neymar, Kayky was being courted by Liverpool, Shakhtar Donetsk and leading Spanish clubs until City stepped in and completed the deal before the start of the summer transfer window.
Fully named Kayky da Silva Chagas, he only made his debut for the senior team this season but has been scouted by City for a number of years. Kayky has scored two goals in his nine appearances for Fluminense so far but he highlighted his huge potential with a stunning solo goal against Nova Iguacu earlier in the month.
😍 Welcome to Manchester, Kayky. pic.twitter.com/JVYpi8pB3y
— City Report (@cityreport_) April 23, 2021
The teenager was the top scorer in last year’s Brasileirao Under-17 Championship with twelve goals and has also played for Brazil at Under-16 level.
Kayky in Campeonato Carioca this season so far:
✅4 key passes
✅24 successful dribbles
✅77% dribble success
His first steps in professional football. World-class talent. pic.twitter.com/do7vxEM72f
— Football Talent Scout – Jacek Kulig (@FTalentScout) April 23, 2021
Guilherme Torres, Fluminense U-17 coach gave more insights about the Brazilian starlet:
“Kayky is a player who stands out a lot for his technical quality, especially with regard to one-on-ones, and also in his quality in front of goal.” “He is also very intelligent, searches for empty spaces on the field and has a good ability to provide assists for his team-mates.
“In addition, he has a winning, competitive mentality, which is important for a high-level player. His resilience has grown as he has matured, and he is learning how to deal with adversity.”
MANCHESTER CITY’S RECRUITMENT DRIVE
Kayky is not the first export from Brazilian domestic leagues to Manchester City. In 2017, a 20-year-old Gabriel Jesus made his move from Palmeiras for a deal worth an initial €33 million. Although he has not nailed down a starting spot in Guardiola’s side, he still plays an important part.
Jesus celebrating after winning a trophy for Palmeiras in 2016. (Image Courtesy: City Chief / Twitter)
Apart from the Kayky deal, City had wrapped up two young right-backs in 2020, Yan Couto and Kluiverth Aguilar. Couto was snapped up from Brazilian side Coritiba FC and was quickly loaned to sister club Girona FC in the Spain Segunda division.
Aguilar’s move was confirmed after his club Alianza Lima announced they had agreed a deal with the Blues. With the deal to be worth around €1.7 million, the Peruvian will stay at Alianza until he turns 18 in May 2021, after which he will move to City’s youth set-up.
Along with the Kayky deal, Manchester City are also looking at finalizing a deal for his teammate Metinho for around €5 million. If the deal goes through, the young midfielder will join French club Troyes AC, another of City’s sister club, on loan.
Manchester City are set to sign also Metinho [2003, Brazilian midfielder] from Fluminense in the same deal with Kayky. The agreement has been reached for €5m + add ons. 🔵🇧🇷 #MCFC
Metinho will sign a 5-years contract with City Group and then join Troyes on loan. 🇫🇷 https://t.co/zqmfeN4BZX
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 23, 2021
Whatever Man City are doing, it will sends signals to other clubs, surely the English ones, to increase their scouting networks to sign the best talents all around the world.