Chelsea starlet Connor Hunte. The club’s scouts have kept a close eye on the player and are set to make their move.

Hunte is regarded as one of the brightest prospects in English football with the attacking midfielder’s style likened to that of German International Mesut Ozil.

City appear to have adopted a new approach to the transfer market over the summer with the development on procuring young talent such as Jack Rodwell and Scott Sinclair, in the first team , and this would show a reinforcement of the policy at youth level.

Mancini will also be aware that he will have to show more restraint in the transfer market with financial fair play rules set to come in to place so poaching the top young propsects from the European’s ‘elite’ definitely appeals.

Chelsea would require a compensation package if they were to lose the youngster to Manchester City but would be reluctant to do so with the England under 17 international set for a bright future.

Connor Hunte has already made 3 caps at under 17 level impressing in each of his displays and has made a real impression, so the Blues will be doing all they can to ensure the player stays with the academy at Cobham HQ.

Connor Hunte may feel that his chances of pushing through at Stamford Bridge will be hindered by the array of gifted youngsters now plying their trade in the Chelsea first team, and City look set to offer him a route away.