Premier League champions Manchester City are close to securing a permanent deal for one of RCD Espanyol’s brightest prospects in Oscar Tarensi, it has been claimed.

Tarensi, who has featured for Espanyol’s Juvenil B side, is regarded by some as one of the brightest prospects in Spain.

And according to Catalan daily SPORT, Manchester City are now within touching distance of luring the talented winger away from Espanyol during the January transfer window.

Tarensi, who will become a 16-year-old on 10th January, will then be able to sign for any club in Europe and Manchester City are in pole-position to take advantage of the situation.

The talented winger will join the Premier League champions after his 16th birthday and will follow a similar path to that taken by Arnau Puigmal, who joined Manchester United in the summer of 2017.

Despite making the switch to Spain at such a young age, Tarensi will not be left alone as Manchester City already have young Spanish players in the form of Adrian Bernabe and Eric Garcia.

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However, Espanyol’s inability to hold on to their best young players looks set to continue with the departure of Tarensi adding to that of others such as Brian Pena, Raul Moro, Txus Alba, Pau Russo and Andri Gudjohnsen.

Tarensi, who recently captained Spain at Under-16 level, is naturally a left-winger, but able to operate on either flank.