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£8m Chelsea now target now tempted to sign for Manchester City

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Chelsea target Valentin Barco fancies joining Manchester City with the Premier League champions confident of securing a deal.

Manchester City are pressing ahead with their attempts to sign Boca Juniors left back Valentin Barco in 2024.

That is according to the Daily Star, who claim that City are ‘confident’ they will sign Barco.

It’s stated that City were actually in talks to land Barco at the end of the summer transfer window but a deal is now likely to go through in January.

City are prepared to pay the £8million release clause in Barco’s contract up front, giving Boca the most appealing proposal so far.

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Chelsea to miss out on Valentin Barco

The report adds that Barco finds the move to Chelsea appealing in part because of the success of other Argentinian players there.

Sergio Aguero, Pablo Zabaleta and Carlos Tevez are mentioned but we can imagine that Julian Alvarez is a factor too.

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Alvarez has been superb for City since joining from Boca’s rivals River Plate last year and Barco could follow in his footsteps.

City leading the race for Barco isn’t great news for Chelsea.

Reports from the Daily Mail in August suggested that Chelsea were alongside City and Brighton in the race to sign Barco.

The Blues look set to miss out now though with City increasingly confident that a January deal will be secured.

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Who is City target Barco?

City have been searching for a natural left back having used a host of right-footers in that role.

In fact, 90Min reported just a few days ago that City are eyeing up Chelsea talent Ian Maatsen.

Barco appears to be the priority over Maatsen though, especially with the fee being so low.

Barco hails from just outside of Buenos Aires and joined the Boca ranks as a kid.

Now a first-team player, the 19-year-old has turned out 21 times for Boca with one goal and two assists to his name.

Considered to be one of the top young talents in South America, Barco is now chasing glory with Boca.

Boca have reached the semi-finals of the Copa Libertadores, meaning Barco could yet head to England as a champion come January.

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