Manchester City have agreed to sign Racing Club midfielder Bruno Zuculini, according to the Argentine club.
Racing president Victor Blanco said the 20-year-old, who has also been linked with Inter Milan, will join up with Manuel Pellegrini’s side next season.
In a radio interview with "Deportivo Telam" he said: “Bruno Zuculini has already signed an agreement to leave in June to join Manchester City."
Zuculini, who made his debut for Racing at 16, is out of contract in the summer and will reportedly cost City around 1.5 million pounds.
He is an Argentina under-20 international who will not require a work permit to play in England as he has an Italian passport.
City have been looking for players who can offer cover for Yaya Toure and Fernandinho in the centre of midfield and failed with an attempt to sign Porto’s Fernando on the final day of the January transfer window.
Zuculini’s impending arrival may prompt speculation about the future of Jack Rodwell after Everton tried to take the England international back to Goodison Park on loan last month.