Report: Pep Guardiola arranged phone call to convince Maximo Perrone to join Man City in January
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Report: Pep Guardiola arranged phone call to convince Maximo Perrone to join Man City in January

According to a report by the Athletic’s Sam Lee, Pep Guardiola arranged a phone call with Maximo Perrone to convince him to join Man City.

On Monday, it was confirmed by the club itself that they had completed a deal for the Argentine defensive midfielder.

Furthermore, the youngster is expected to join the first-team after the U-20 South American Championship comes to an end.

However, the fact that Pep Guardiola went out of his way to engage in a phone call with Man City new-boy Maximo Perrone is testament to how talented he is.

According to a report by BBC Sport, the 20-year-old has been signed by the Premier League champions for a fee of around £8 million from Velez Sarsfield.

Much like Julian Alvarez, who especially proved his value as a bargain buy at the World Cup, it seems as if the Sky Blues are exploring the South American market for unearthed gems.

Considering the club’s ambitions, clubs tend to price them out of hefty fees to sign players.

However, the Sky Blues seem intent on getting deals for low-risk, high-reward talents that could potentially be developed into future superstars.

Going by the fee as well as the fact that Man City boss Pep Guardiola had a phone call with Maximo Perrone is an indication of the aforementioned statement.

Is Perrone going to be a first-team player considering Guardiola phone call?

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Well, the Athletic’s Sam Lee has stated that the wonderkid is set to stay at the club till the end of the season.

However, Perrone is unlikely to compete for a berth in the starting XI with either Rodri or Kalvin Phillips.

MEN’s Simon Bajkowski has also claimed that there is a possibility that the teenager goes out on loan next summer.

While one will wait and see, the early signs remain positive, especially after discovering that Man City manager Pep Guardiola had a phone call with Maximo Perrone during the negotiation process.

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