The saga surrounding Kelechi Iheanacho has been well documented, with the U17 World Cup MVP mentioned regular in the City Summary in the past month or so.
Iheanacho has now all but completed his move to City, with the 17-year-old currently in Barcelona while the club tries to sort out a work permit for him.
Joining him is Chidiebere Nwakali, who is reported by the Nigerian press to be in England already.
City and Liverpool were also said to be fighting it out for Chidera Eze, but he looks set to join Portuguese giants FC Porto now.
Now there is a third name who could be set to join Iheanacho and Nwakali.
According to MTNFootball, City are one of two clubs who could sign Musa Yahaya, who only turned 16 in December and has been nicknamed the “Nigerian Neymar”.
Babawo Mohammed, the agent who apparently represents most of these kids, said he is yet to decide whether to take Yahaya to City or Tottenham.
Of course, like with Eze, who was supposed to join City or Liverpool, he could end up elsewhere and it often seems to be a case of the highest bidder with these starlets.
Reports in November linked Yahaya with clubs in Ukraine, Russia, Holland and Spain, so he isn’t short of suitors. But his agent seems to have narrowed down the possibilities to City or Spurs.
So what is the big deal about these Nigerian kids? It’s simple really. They won the U17 World Cup in October and November, and won it in style, beating Uruguay 2-0 in the quarter finals, Sweden 3-0 in the semi finals, and Mexico 3-0 in the final.
Most of the team is being snapped up by European sides, with Akinjide Idowu and Aliyu Abubakar joining clubs in Belgium.
This is nothing new, African kids of promise are always being poached by European clubs, but scouts believe there is something special about this generation of Nigerians.
If City are able to land the trio of Iheanacho, Nwakali and Yahaya, they will have recruited three key players in Nigeria’s U17 World Cup winning team.