Emilio Lawrence, a Scottish youngster, is believed to be on the verge of joining Everton in the Premier League. The teenager will play for the clubs U-23s.
According to Fabrizio Romano, City have completed the signing of Lawrence, with the 16-year-old talent set to sign a long-term deal with the Premier League leaders in the coming days, with a medical already underway for Lawrences arrival in Manchester.
Emilio Lawrence (16) from Everton, who was also a member of the U23 team last season, is expected to join Manchester City. The medical has been completed, and the whole agreement has been signed. The #MCFCLong-term contract will be signed in the next days, but all details have been agreed. http://twitter.com/srL4IJXOsY
Lawrence scored seven goals and three assists for Evertons U-18s in 21 games last season, with the Scotland and England youth international also playing for the U-23s in Premier League 2.
With their U-23 players, the club has seen a lot of development this summer, with Gavin Bazunu and Romeo Lavia both signing for Southampton, while Samuel Edozie is believed to be signing for Bayer Leverkusen.
With City losing so many top players, it makes sense that the club have decided to sign Lawrence, who is regarded, according to the Scottish Sun, as one of Evertons' most exciting prospects, because of his versatility. The 16-year-old can play in both the attacking midfield role and in the frontline.
Lawrence will have to wait to see him play for Pep Guardiolas' team, but signing him is a positive sign from City, who are adding quality homegrown players from across the country to their youth squads.
Lawrence's move to City is a great move for the talented attacker.
Lawrence has clearly found talent spotsters at some of England's biggest clubs, and City's willingness to sign the youngster is a good sign of the Premier League champions, who might like to revamp their U-23 side following the sales this summer.
Lawrence may one day blossom into a top player for City, especially if he continues the likes of Phil Foden and Cole Palmer in the senior team in the future.