The Croatian teenager could soon move to England.
Manchester City are keeping a close eye on Dinamo Zagreb’s highly-rated teenage winger Antonio Marin.
Manchester City were impressed with what they saw from Antonio Marin in their UEFA Youth League match last week and now they’re interested in bringing the 18-year-old to England. According to Sky Sports, City are now monitoring Marin after he starred in Dinamo Zagreb’s 2-2 draw against City, where he delivered an assist and was easily the Croatian outfit’s best player on the night.
Marin broke into Zagreb’s first-team side last season and registered three assists in nine games. He has made four appearances with them in the current campaign. He has fierce competition for regular places in Zagreb, with Spain Under-21 international Dani Olmo among the talented youngsters currently on the club’s books.
The player, widely regarded as one of Croatia’s most promising young talents, has also been scouted by both Chelsea and Villarreal. Marin has already been capped at the U-21 level and is under contract at Zagreb until 2024.
City may be looking at giving more opportunities to youth after seeing a number of teenage prospects lured away to the Bundesliga in search of regular first-team action. Jadon Sancho and Rabbi Matondo are the two highest profile names to up sticks and leave the Etihad for Germany, while Tom Dele-Bashiru opted to run down his contract in order to join Watford.
Manager Pep Guardiola recently admitted that he’d like to give Phil Foden more opportunities in the City first-team, but finds it difficult to accommodate the young England star with Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Bernardo Silva among a raft of top European talent vying for places in his side.