Manchester City have agreed to an initial £ 11 million (€13 million) fee with Anderlecht for Spain Under-21 left-back Sergio Gomez, the PA news agency understands.
The 21-year-old former Barcelona Academy player will now discuss terms with the Premier League champions Manchester City, a team whose matches often have the best odds, with a view to a potential move.
City have been short of options at left-back after the departure of Oleksandr Zinchenko over the summer left Joao Cancelo as the only senior specialist in the position.
There had been interest in Brighton’s Marc Cucurella but the club began to explore other avenues after the Seagulls refused to lower their £ 50 million asking price. He later joined Chelsea in a deal that could rise to a reported £62 million.
It is understood, however, that City will continue to pursue other options even if they conclude a deal for Gomez. The Anderlecht youngster was initially targeted as a development player and this remains the case.
He will be assessed in training and will have the opportunity to earn a place in the first-team squad but he could be sent out on loan to gain experience. Sister club Girona have been reported as a potential destination.
Gomez joined Borussia Dortmund after leaving Barcelona in 2018 and had a loan spell at Huesca before moving to Anderlecht, where he was managed by former City captain Vincent Kompany, last year.