Manchester City Academy talent Mebude is set to leave the Blues on a permanent deal.
The news comes following reports just yesterday that a number of European clubs we interested in the player.
Earlier today, Simon Bajkowski for the MEN reported that a deal is imminent. Mebude will join Westerlo on a permanent deal. Should the deal be sealed, it is estimated to be worth around £1.65m.
Simon Bajkowski states in his report for the MEN:
“Manchester City youngster Dire Mebude is expected to complete a permanent move to Westerlo.
“Mebude, who moved to City’s academy three years ago from Rangers and was a key part of the Under-21 side that won their league for the third year in a row, is close to signing for the Belgian club in a deal worth up to £1.65m as he looks to kickstart his career in senior football.
“The Blues will insert a buyback clause and a 30 per cent sell-on into any deal for the 19-year-old.”
Manchester City will insert a buy-back clause into the deal, as they do with many of the young talents flying the nest.
The Belgian club came 7th in the Belgian Pro League last season. Given that their most expensive signing is registered as €5.50m, £1.65m for the youngster illustrates their belief of the player.
At 19-years-old he hopes to break into senior level football, and it’s unlikely that will happen at Manchester City. Despite the upcoming departure of winger Riyad Mahrez, City bosses intend to replace him with an experienced winger.