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Man City are essentially paying THEMSELVES to sign England under-21 starlet Jack Harrison

The New York City FC winger will cost the Premier League leaders £4million

Jack Harrison is close to making the inevitable move to England, with Manchester City close to signing him in a £4million deal. 

The England under-21 and New York City FC starlet has been hot property this month, with a number of Premier League clubs reportedly interested in him.

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But it looks like City will win the race, which is sort of expected considering they’re NYCFC’s parent club.

Harrison has been key member of NYCFC’s line-up

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Harrison has been key member of NYCFC’s line-up

Sheikh Mansour, who bought Man City back in 2008, also owns NYCFC and Melbourne City as part of the City Football Group, and regularly uses the three clubs to swap players.

Australian midfielder Aaron Mooy was signed by Man City from Melbourne back in 2016 before moving to Huddersfield, and the weird, Umbro-announced signing of Mix Diskerud at the weekend looks like it could be a similar deal.

So, essentially, Man City have paid £4m to themselves for Harrison, and will no doubt flog him for a profit in a year or two. 

The 21-year-old, who was a target for Stoke City earlier this month, will reportedly be loaned to Championship side Middlesbrough for the rest of the season once the deal is sealed.

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The Stoke-born winger hasn’t played in England since relocating to Massachusetts when he was 14, becoming the best high school football player in the USA in 2015 – the year he graduated.

The following year he was chosen first by Chicago Fire in the MLS draft system and was immediately transferred to New York City.

Harrison made his debut for the Young Lions late last year

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Harrison made his debut for the Young Lions late last year

Harrison has proved a big success in the MLS, scoring 10 goals in 36 appearances last season, which earned him a call-up to the England Under-21 squad in October.

His debut for the Lions came in a substitute appearance against Scotland when he replaced Tammy Abraham in the 88th minute.