Video Evidence: Manchester City chase Sevilla star Diego Perotti

Reports in Spain are circulating that Manchester City are closely following Sevilla’s left sided winger Diego Perotti as a replacement for want-a-way star Robinho. The 21-year-old has enjoyed a great season in La Liga and has broken into the Argentina first team.

The left sided winger began his career at Deportivo Moron, his home town club. He progressed through the youth ranks before breaking into the first team at the tender age of 18. In all he made 35 appearances for the club netting 5 goals.

His age and exuberance meant that he caught the eye of many European scouts, but as with many South American footballers it was to the Iberian peninsula that he headed and Sevilla snapped the youngster up in 2007.

Perotti began his career in Spain with the B team. His place in the B team was by no means assured but over the course of 2 seasons his displays became ever more assertive as he adapted to his new surroundings.

However, blocking his path to the first team was Diego Capel, whose eye catching displays meant that Perotti was confined to the B team for a bit longer that he would have wished. It was not until the beginning of this season that he finally edged out Capel in the duel for a starting berth.

Roberto Mancini will be getting a player that is full of verve and running, who is always looking to get the ball and play a one-two to get behind the full back. Unlike Robinho he is not a player who has an array of jinks and step-overs built into his game but rather he looks to use his acceleration and change of direction to beat his marker.

The Citizens may be able to take advantage of the fact that although he is predominantly right footed he is also able to use the left meaning that he can cut both ways to beat players and deliver crosses.

Standing at 5ft 10.5 inches he much taller than Robinho adding a bit of solidity to the left side of the Citizens midfield. He is also much better at tracking back to help defenders (although compared to the Brazilian it is not difficult).

Sevilla handed Perotti a new contract to 2015. His buyout clause rose to £40million (although this only applies to a Spanish club) in an attempt to see off reported interest from Manchester City. But all players are available for sale and a bid of around £20 million will see Perotti leave to the Stadium of Manchester.

Video evidence of Diego Perotti can be seen here, while his individual match highlights from last weekend’s game against Real Madrid can be seen here.