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United States defender signs pre-contract with Manchester City

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Major League Soccer powerhouse Sporting Kansas City defender Erik-Palmer Brown has signed a pre-contract with Manchester City according to reports.

Palmer, a U.S. U-20 international, is a product of Sporting Kansas City’s academy and broke into the scene in 2013. He spent the 2016 season on loan to the Porto B side, making a total of 17 appearances in the process. This season he has made just 4 appearances for Kansas City. His total number of appearances for the MLS club throughout the 5 years adds upto a meagre 18.

It is his performances with the national side that caught the attention of some big clubs.

Palmer captained U.S. U-20 side to the 2017 CONCACAF Cup title and also led his side to the quarter-finals of the FIFA U-20 World Cup. Paris Saint-Germain, PSV, Ajax, all have been scouting the young prodigy but reports suggest that Manchester City have finally won the race to his signature.

Metro first reported that Brown had signed a four-and-a-half year pre-contract with the English side. ESPN claims the same now.

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Kansas City boss Peter Vermer told that they have already made a very good contract offer to Brown but he knows they simply can’t match the wages offered by Manchester City.

He told the Kansas City Star :

“He came to us and said there might be an opportunity.

“I said to him, ‘Look, if that’s what you want to do, then we’ll support you,’.

“He’s played out his contract. It’s happened with other guys.

“It’s just one of those situations.”

Vermes added: “We believed we made him a very good offer in MLS.”

The 20-year-old will join the City side in January when his current contract with the club expires. He is then expected to join an European side on loan for the remainder of the 2017-18 season.