Erik Palmer-Brown, the USA U-20 captain and Sporting Kansas City center back, has indeed signed a pre-contract deal with Manchester City, and SI.com has learned more details on the agreement.
The deal, which was first reported by Metro, is for a four-and-a-half year contract starting in January. A source with knowledge of the situation says that Palmer-Brown, 20, was shown a plan by Manchester City on his path to the first team, but since he can’t get a UK work permit, the club will start by loaning out Palmer-Brown to a club likely in the Netherlands, Germany or Belgium.
Palmer-Brown turned down a new contract offer from SKC, but his Man City deal will pay him on a level among the top defenders in MLS. He also had interest from PSV, Porto, Juventus and Borussia Dortmund. The most likely loan destination at this point is PSV. Palmer-Brown’s agent, Mike Gartlan, had no comment.
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