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Man City said to have already agreed first January signing after tracking £2.7m Serbian youngster for “a long time”

By Chris Smith

Published: 13:32, 7 September 2019

Manchester City have reportedly agreed to sign Serbian youngster Slobodan Tedić from FK Čukarički in January.

The Montenegrin-born forward, 19, has scored four goals in nine games so far this season, including three during the qualifying stages of the Europa League.

Man City starting January business early? Five things to know…

  • City spent big on the likes of Rodri and Joao Cancelo in the summer.
  • And it looks like they’ve already started their January business.
  • The Citizens have agreed a reported £2.7m deal for Serbian youngster, Slobodan Tedić.
  • The 19-year-old is said to have been on City’s radar for a long time.
  • City are second in the Premier League after four games, taking 10 points.

This form has drawn admiring glances toward the 19-year-old from across Europe but according to reports, City have agreed a £2.7m fee to bring Tedić to Manchester in January. Serbian outlet Blics report that Tedić will remain on loan at Cukaricki for the remainder of the season to continue his development.

Cukaricki’s director of football, Nenad Mirosavljevic, claims the club quickly agreed terms with City, who he says had been tracking Tedić for “a long time”.

“[City] scouts often come to see him,” said Mirosavljevic.

“There have been games where we didn’t even know they were in the stands. They watched all of his games, his every move, which is quite normal for the world’s biggest clubs.

“When they officially contacted us, we easily and quickly agreed. This is a confirmation of our good work, but also the best possible marketing for Cukaricki, and for Serbian football in general.”

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Tedić left Vojvodina’s academy to join Cukaricki in 2017 and has nine goals in 49 appearances for the club during his short career so far.

On the international stage, he has 19 caps for Serbia across various youth levels.

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