Manchester City have already prepared their first signing for the next season 2024/2025. It's gonna be Savio, the Brazilian winger who is already part of the City Football Group since he switched from Atletico Mineiro to Troyes and he's been shining on loan at Girona.

All these clubs are part of City Football Group, but the crucial step for Savio was this summer when the strategy was to send him to Girona to be a regular starter.

He's literally flying in Spain under Michel in this wonderful team: scoring goals, providing assists, and showcasing huge skills and he has clear potential as a future star. This is why Manchester City have decided to proceed with Savinho's signing as the next step for their plans next season.

The internal discussion took place in the last two-three weeks, also the player has approved this possibility as he's looking forward to joining Manchester City as the next step for his career.

Troyes, Girona and obviously Man City are all involved in this transfer as it is people in the City Football Group deciding together on the strategy, exactly as it happens for Chelsea and Strasbourg or RB Leipzig and RB Salzburg, so nothing new or surprising in the football world.

The numbers of the transfer will be made public soon, as plans are to sign the documents in the next days and complete the transfer by the end of the current month.

Savio will obviously complete the season on loan at Girona, very much focused on making history at the club and then looking forward to new chance at Manchester City in the summer.

In July, Savinho will start training under Pep Guardiola and then it will be time to make final decision on the best step for the Brazilian winger who will have opportunity to be part of Manchester City first team.

It's important to reveal that three important clubs wanted to sign Savio this coming summer.

Elite clubs in England and Germany tried to approach Man City and player's agents to discuss potential transfer for more than €35m, but City Football Group internal talks after conversations with the player made clear strategy happen; Savinho will join Man City, all clubs have been informed in the recent hours about that.

City Football Group decided to sign Savio from Brazil when he started performing at Atletico Mineiro, bringing him to Europe as soon as he turned 18.

This is the perfect example of what Manchester City want to build with their football group: Savio was able to help Girona this season, improve a lot, develop his skills and then join Man City first squad as player ready to make an impact.

It's just time now to prepare documents, review contracts and then Savinho will become the first signing for Man City 2024/2025.

Fabrizio Romano is an Italian sports journalist. He was born in 1993, he lives in Milan and has over 30 million followers in total on the major social networks.


He collaborates with 888sport, CBS Sports, Sky Sport, The Guardian and has been a transfer market expert since 2011. He will take care of a column dedicated to some "Behind the Scenes" of transfers.