Manchester City close to signing Sergio Gómez from Anderlecht

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Manchester City are closing in on a deal to sign the Spanish left-back Sergio Gómez from Anderlecht.

City will pay a fee in excess of €10m (£8.5m) for the 21-year-old, who will provide cover and competition for João Cancelo after Oleksandr Zinchenko was allowed to join Arsenal for £30m. The final details of the transfer are being discussed with the Belgian club with the deal set to be finalised soon.

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The initial plan was to loan Gómez to Girona, who are part of the City Football Group. But Pep Guardiola will consider keeping the attacking full-back at the Etihad Stadium after missing out on a deal for Marc Cucurella, who joined Chelsea last week in a deal rising to £62m.

Gómez began his career in Barcelona’s youth setup before he left La Masia for Borussia Dortmund in 2018. He spent two years back in Spain on loan at Huesca before signing for Anderlecht last summer. A breakthrough year under Vincent Kompany’s management ended with the Spain Under-21 international winning the club’s award for player of the year.