Manchester City have signed West Bromwich Albion’s 16-year-old Morgan Rogers in a deal worth around £4m – the highest-ever fee paid for a boy of his age.
The deal was reportedly overseen at the highest levels by director of football Txiki Begiristain, who insisted that City make the multi-million pound move for Rogers, who linked up with the club for a medical today.
Rogers still has to wait 17 days to sign his professional deal on his 17th birthday but has steadily been turning heads at youth level at The Hawthrons.
Rogers is an England under-17 international and his signing was regarded as a priority by the likes of Begiristain and the City hierachy. Rogers plays as a midfielder or forward and lit up the English U-18 PL in the 2018-19 season, scoring 7 and assisting 3 in just 7 games and 5 goals and 4 assists in only 10 PL2 starts.
The move is the biggest move for a 16-year-old since Arsenal signed Theo Walcott back in 2006, and follows Liverpool signing 16-year-old baller Harvey Elliott from Fulham.