Man City pip Man Utd to transfer despite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scouting mission

Partizan Belgrade have officially announced they have sold winger Filip Stevanovic to Manchester City.

The 18-year-old’s move from Serbia was confirmed on Saturday, with him set to join his new team at the start of the January transfer window.

Stevanovic’s transfer was announced on social media by his current team, just before City’s game vs Sheffield United kicked off.

In a post on Saturday afternoon, they said: “FC Partizan is pleased to announce the transfer of Filip Stevanović to @ManCity in the winter transfer window in 2021

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“The transfer of Filip Stevanović to one of the largest European clubs is a significant confirmation of the good and hard work of all club structures.”

Manchester United had been heavily linked with Stevanovic during the summer window, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer desperately looked to add attacking talent to his squad.

Stevanovic played against United twice last season in the Europa league, appearing as a late substitute in both fixtures.

Reports from Serbia had claimed that Solskjaer’s men had agreed a deal to sign Stevanovic in August, with plans to loan him back to his boyhood club for this campaign.

Just three months after those reports, his move to Manchester has been confirmed, albeit to United’s rivals.

The forward is a product of Partizan’s academy, playing 54 times since making his debut in December 2018.

Sky in Italy say City will pay €8m for the Serbia U21 international, although add-ons could make the final outlay higher than that.

As Partizan were confirming the transfer, City battled to a 1-0 win over the Blades at Bramall Lane.

A first-half goal from Kyle Walker was enough to earn Guardiola’s men all three points, lifting them into the top-half in the process.

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Following the win, the City boss was forced to once again comment on speculation linking him with a return to Barcelona.

There have been suggestions that he could return to the Camp Nou, but Guardiola put those to bed, claiming his time with the La Liga giants is “over”.

“I said many times: my period as a manager in Barcelona is over,” he said. “I think in life there is once, in a lifetime you have to do the things… There are incredible people who can be in charge. Now for example, Ronald Koeman is an excellent manager. It's over.”

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