This isn’t a new link, with reports in the winter transfer window claiming that City had signed the 20-year-old, only for the window to shut without the former Argentina U20 international joining the Blues.
Now, several media sources in Argentina, including Olé, are claiming this is a done deal and that the player will join City next June after another season at the club he has spent his entire career at so far.
Racing Club president Víctor Blanco is also quoted as having said “He has been sold and will leave in June”. Blanco did not name his destination, but Olé and others claim to have investigated and discovered it will be City.
If the reported fee is correct, a mere £1.5m, that would seem a coup for one of the best young prospects out of Argentina. I wonder what sort of 20-year-old talent £1.5m could get you in England?
Judging by the comments from Racing fans on several articles in Argentina, they are perplexed and angry that such a prospect could be sold for so little.
Zuculini is a tenacious holding midfielder, much like his older brother Franco Zuculini, who had similar hype at a young age but didn’t make a big impression during spells at Hoffenheim, Genoa and Real Zaragoza in Europe.
Bruno Zuculini is said to be an even better prospect than his brother was. After some struggles during his development as a player, Zuculini is now considered by many to be the best defensive midfielder in Argentina’s Primera División.
A pacy and tenacious midfielder, the youngster is a good tackler with strong leadership skills and great stamina, but is also known for his ability to get forward and chip in with vital goals.
At the age of 20, he is considered to have an outside chance of making Alejandro Sabella’s squad for the 2014 World Cup. Sabella was spotted watching he and Racing team-mate Sebastián Saja earlier this year.
But with more experienced and high profile midfielders such as Javier Mascherano (Barcelona), Éver Banega (Valencia) and Lucas Biglia (Lazio) already fighting for a spot in Argentina’s midfield, the World Cup may come too soon.
Zuculini’s transfer to City is not confirmed yet, but the reports seem credible enough to suggest there is something in it. The common issue of getting him a work permit should also be avoided, with Zuculini eligible for an Italian passport.