Manchester City have signed 18-year-old winger Felix Correia from Sporting Lisbon in a move which mirrors Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer to United in 2003.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was also 18 years old when he joined City’s rivals, going on to win 10 major trophies in seven seasons at Old Trafford.
It is believed the Premier League champions will pay £3.2million up front for the Correia, who has attracted interest from Europe’s most powerful clubs this summer.
Sporting announced that they had reached an agreement with City on Tuesday and it is thought a further £3.2m may be paid to the Primeira Liga club in bonuses should Correia excel in the Premier League.
Sporting Lisbon have released a statement wishing Correia ‘all the best personal and professional happiness’.
The teenager – who has not yet experienced first-team football – is expected to sign a five-year deal with Pep Guardiola’s side before being sent out on loan.
Correia shone for Portugal’s Under 19s in the European Championships last month, reaching the final before suffering a 2-0 defeat by Spain.
The winger was ever-present for Portugal, providing a goal and assist in their opening 3-0 win over Italy.
He also produced a highly impressive performance in Portugal U19s’ win over England U20s at the Toulon Tournament in June, scoring his team’s third in a 3-2 victory.