MANCHESTER CITY are tracking Charlton whizz-kid Jeremy Sarmiento.
The League One side are bracing themselves for an approach from the Premier League champions for the 15-year-old.
PA:Empics Sport Jeremy Sarmiento has already broken into the Charlton Under-23 side, aged just 15
Sarmiento hss already played for the Addicks Under-23s this season after progressing rapidly.
The Londoners are desperate to hold on to one of the hottest young prospects in Britain and offered the kid five-year-deal to ward off any potential suitors.
Charlton have slapped a whopping £6million price tag on the Spanish-born attacker who has represented England Under-16s.
The huge valuation has not put off City who are prepared to spend big to bag the youngster.
PA:Empics Sport League One side Charlton are building a reputation for bringing on youngsters like Jeremy Sarmiento, who is already attracting Premier League interest
PA:Empics Sport Jeremy Sarmiento has played for England U-16s and has shot up Charlton’s ranks
He can operate as winger but his ability to move inside and play as a No10 has put some of Europe’s big boys on red alert.
If Charlton decide to cash in, the price will be set by the Football League tribunal and they would expect to get a record fee for a schoolboy player.
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The current high is the £2.5m Chelsea shelled out for Exeter midfielder Nathan Ampadu last year.
Sarmiento is the latest to come off the Valley production line and follows in the footsteps of Ademola Lookman, Joe Gomez and Jonjo Shelvey.
PA:Press Association Liverpool defender Joe Gomez who misses out on the World Cup with England this summer through injury is another product of the Charlton youth system
Addicks Academy Manager Steve Avory told the club website earlier this year: “I certainly feel Jeremy is an exciting player, who I would describe as a wide forward, rather than a winger.
“He likes to play out on that right-hand side but loves to come in off the line and get into little pockets of space, which is what we encourage in our system of play.
“He can also play the No 10 role. He is excellent at his age at manipulating the ball in tight areas, can go past players, which is very exciting, he can do that at pace and is a goalscorer.”
Getty Images – Getty Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, who has won eight England caps, began his career with Charlton