Arsenal set to miss out on ‘new Dani Alves’ as Man City ‘close in on Yan Couto’

Manchester City have won the race to sign promising defender Yan Couto, according to reports in Brazil.

The Coritiba full-back is expected to make the move to Europe this summer and has even been compared to Brazilian legend Dani Alves by some publications.

The Gunners and Barcelona were understood to be interested in the 17-year-old, but Gazeta do Povo( via The Mail) claims that City have beaten the La Liga giants and their Premier League rivals to his signature.

According to the publication, the teenager is expected to complete his move to the Etihad Stadium when turns 18 in the summer after Pep Guardiola's side agreed a £5million deal.

Although the deal is understood to not include a sell-on clause, it is reported that the Brazilian club could receive as much as double that sum if certain performance-based add-ons are met.

Couto earned the attention of some of the biggest clubs in the world after his star performances during last year's Under-17 World Cup.

Brazil won the competition on home soil after beating Mexico in the final.

He was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal during the January transfer window, with some reports claiming that he was viewed as an ideal long-term successor to Hector Bellerin.

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