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Manchester City sign Peruvian starlet from Alianza Lima

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Paraguayan Sergio Diaz (R) is marked by Peruvian Kluiverth Aguilar (L) and Peruvian midfielder Yuriel Celi during their Under-23 South American Pre-Olympic Tournament football match at Centenario Stadium in Armenia, Colombia, on January 25, 2020. (Photo by Juan BARRETO / AFP) (Photo by JUAN BARRETO/AFP via Getty Images)

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Manchester City have agreed in principle to sign 16-year-old right-back Kluiverth Aguilar from Alianza Lima, the Peruvian club announced on Sunday.

Aguilar, who made his professional debut with Alianza in November, and is considered one of Peru’s most promising talents, will officially join the Premier League defending champions in May 2021, shortly after his 18th birthday.

“Going to [Manchester] City is really big deal for my career, I am happy that they noticed me,” said Aguilar in the Peruvian club’s statement. “It is a club with extraordinary players, coach and supporters. My goal is to become an outstanding player in the first team.”

Aguilar’s move to Manchester - reportedly valued at $2.8 million - is Alianza’s first successful deal with a Premier League club in its 119-year history. The Peruvian club is expected to obtain a percentage of a future sale involving Aguilar, who was first linked to a move to City in September.

“I’m a fan of the team (Alianza) and it’s a pleasure to defend the colors. It makes me happy that the possibility of making a move to Europe presented itself to me as a player of Alianza,” Aguilar added.

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