Manchester City academy star Jayden Braaf is on loan to Udinese for the remainder of the season. target can confirm.
The club was open to a loan move for the highly rated winger, who has also been watched by a number of German clubs such as RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund.
Braaf came to City from PSV Eindhoven in 2018 and quickly established himself as one of the top prospects in the club’s academy. He drew comparisons with the English international Jadon Sancho, who also came through the City system as a youngster before establishing himself in the Bundesliga with Dortmund.
The 18-year-old Dutchman has trained with the first-team squad but has not played for Pep Guardiola’s side.
Guardiola urged patience with Braaf’s development when asked about the possibility of his debut this season.
“He’s a young player and I think everyone has to be patient with him,” said the City boss at the beginning of the season. “He’s got amazing ability, but there are six or seven players left at the same time so we have to see how he develops.”
After missing the start of the season due to an injury, Braaf was part of the U18 team that won the FA Youth Cup for the first time in 12 years. Of that team, Cole Palmer, Taylor Harwood-Bellis, Tommy Doyle and Liam Delap have all played for Guardiola’s side this season.
Braaf wants to prove himself, however, and since a promotion to the first team is not seen as likely in the foreseeable future, a loan change is beneficial to the player and both clubs.
The Netherlands U18 international is believed to be worth around £ 8m.
Braaf, who aroused interest at Chelsea before moving to City, has a contract with the club until 2023.
In the meantime, City expects no high-profile signings before the transfer window closes on Monday. However, the immediate future of another academy graduate, Eric Garcia, remains uncertain as the Spain international struggled to land a deal in January in the last six months of his contract and Barcelona.