Manchester City are ready to make a bid for Derby County’s young midfielder, Will Hughes, the
City’s assistant manager David Platt reportedly travelled to Brighton at the weekend to watch Hughes as Derby were beaten 2-1 by Brighton and Hove Albion. The 17-year-old only made it to half-time, when he was subbed off due to an injury. However, it is believed that Platt and City have been suitably impressed with the teenager, and a bid of around £10m is being linked to the youngster. It is believed that City are considering a swap deal in order to lure Hughes to the Etihad Stadium, with at least one player potentially heading in the opposite direction.
Hughes has made 27 appearances for the Rams so far this season, scoring twice and also registering two assists. He only turned professional for the club last season, making a handful of substitute appearances in the League Cup. However, this season he has emerged as almost an ever-present at Pride Park, starting all but one game for Derby as they chase after a playoff spot for promotion back to the Premier League.
City reportedly had a bid for Corinthians midfielder Paulinho turned down, with no interest in the move being shown by either the club or the player. With UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules coming into effect in the coming seasons and home-grown rules to meet for Premier League squads, the signing of Hughes would tick both boxes, with Mancini believed to be enthusiastic about utilising Hughes in City’s midfield immediately rather than signing him as a future prospect and sending him out on loan.
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