Maximo Perrone Man City transfer: Fee explained, first-team plans & when he’ll join squad

Manchester City completed their first January signing on Monday.

Maximo Perrone was confirmed as Manchester City’s first January signing on Monday, joining from Argentinian side Velez Sarsfield. Pep Guardiola had previously said he didn’t plan on making any major additions to his squad this month, and Perrone’s arrival is seen as a long-term signing. We’ve rounded up the main information on the player and his transfer to the Etihad.

Maximo Perrone transfer cost

The 20-year arrives for a transfer fee of £8.2m and has signed a five-and-a-half year contract with the club.

First-team plans

Perrone is currently in action with Argentina’s Under-20 squad at the U-20s South American Championships. Argentina have lost their first two games of the competition to Paraguay and Brazil, with Perrone scoring against the former.

Once Argentina’s campaign is finished - which could be as early as Saturday - Perrone will travel to Manchester to meet up with the City squad. He will train with Pep Guardiola’s senior team but is seen as a talent for future years rather than having an immediate impact at City. Perrone will be assessed across the remainder of the campaign before a decision is made on his long-term future, including whether to send the player on loan next season.

Career to date

Born in Buenos Aires, Perrone played 33 times for Valez before signing for City, and contributed three goals and two assists. A holding midfielder, the youngster will provide back-up to Rodri and Kalvin Phillips.

Perrone has also been capped at U-16 and U-20 level for his national side and is left footed.