first_img Skip Read More Advertisement Top articles PLAY Yan Couto could be on the way to Manchester City in the summer (Picture: Getty Images)Manchester City have looked to blow the competition out of the water in the race for Brazilian teenager Yan Couto, by substantially outbidding Barcelona for the defender.The 17-year-old Coritiba full-back has attracted the attention of a number of Europe’s biggest clubs, with Arsenal and Bayer Leverkusen also showing an interest.The Brazilian club were reportedly looking for around £4.2m for their teenage star but much bigger offers have been made as the race hots up for his signature.Yahoo Sports report that Man City have offered triple that, £12.6m, with £7.5m of that up front and the remainder paid on performance.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT 1/1 Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Read More Couto starred in the 2019 Under-17 World Cup, which Brazil won on home soil, beating Mexico in the final.Coritiba coach Eduardo Barroca said of the youngster: ‘I know him very well because I’ve followed the youth teams a lot.‘Of course, he is a very good player. He is a very young player and is already consolidating himself as a top player. We are working normally in these early days and expect to count on him in this period that he is here.’MORE: Dani Ceballos makes U-turn over Arsenal future and vows to earn starting spot under Mikel ArtetaMORE: Why Arsenal rejected chance to sign Chelsea transfer target Dries Mertens Coming Next Manchester United captain Harry Maguire / 1 min. story Read More Read More Metro Sport ReporterFriday 31 Jan 2020 8:11 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link288Shares Read More SPONSORED Full Screen Advertisement About Connatix V67539 Barcelona have made an offer for the youngster and Arsenal have signaled their interest, but City appear to have blasted their way to the front of the queue with their substantial bid.Any move would not go through before the summer, with the full-back turning 18 in June.Couto teased a possible move to Manchester City as far back as October 2018 when he posted a picture of himself at the Etihad on Instagram with the caption ‘Another dream come true.’The 17-year-old also whipped fans into a frenzy earlier this week by tweeting a plane and eyes emoji, hinting at a move away from Brazil. Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip Ad Comment Video Settings Man City move to beat Arsenal and Barcelona to Brazilian defender Yan Couto by Metrolast_img