Brazilian teenager Kayky trained with Manchester City for the first time on Friday as the club fast-tracks their plans for him.
City paid Fluminese and initial £9m to sign the talented 18-year-old forward in a deal that was initially set to be completed in January 2022. However, the two clubs came to an agreement that it was better for the player to move sooner and the teenager arrived in Manchester this week.
After watching the first team in action at the Etihad on Wednesday night during their 6-3 Champions League win over Leipzig, Kayky trained with the senior squad and Pep Guardiola for the first time on Friday after the last bits of paperwork were sorted out.
Having sped up his arrival, the club’s plan is to keep the player in the first team squad just as fellow prospects Cole Palmer, Liam Delap and others are involved regularly in training. That means a first-team debut is possible this season, although that will depend on how he settles into the group.
Kayky is the latest South American talent snapped up by the Blues that marks their expansion in recent years. Since beating a host of top clubs to signing Gabriel Jesus in 2016, the City Football Group have expanded their operational and scouting networks across the continent; Yan Couto, a right-back on loan from City at Braga, and Metinho, a midfielder at CFG club Troyes, are among the emerging talents to have also been discovered.