Manchester City signed 18-year-old Argentine forward Darío Sarmiento, from Estudiantes de La Plata, as reported by the Buenos Aires club on Friday.
“Having fulfilled the requirements established in the transfer framework agreement signed in a timely manner with Manchester City, the footballer of our institution Darío Sarmiento will join the English entity as of next July 1,” explained Estudiantes, whose vice-president is the former player. Juan Sebastián ‘la Brujita’ Verón.
“The youth category 2003 born in Florencio Varela debuted on October 5, 2019 against Huracán, thus becoming the second youngest player to make his presentation in the first team,” highlighted Estudiantes de La Plata.
Sarmiento also has experience in the Argentine youth teams and is considered one of the greatest promises of local football.
A versatile forward
The right winger, who can also play as a hitch or second striker, played 22 games in local tournaments, totaling 856 minutes, according to data shared by the La Plata club.
The local press assures that it was transferred for about 6 million dollars and that amount could be increased if certain objectives are met.
The anecdote with Alejandro Sabella
At the end of 2019, the late former coach Alejandro Sabella, world runner-up with Argentina in Brazil 2014, knelt in front of Sarmiento when he saw him for the first time and the photograph of that moment went viral.
“I did it because he is a boy who plays very well, who gives me hope of a good future for him and for all of us who love the club so much. With the second or third ball he received in a match at the Estadio Único I put him (as a nickname) ‘Hallelujah’. It’s an expression of glee. It’s hopeful, “Sabella explained the following year.
In May 2020, Sarmiento recalled that meeting. “Yes, he knelt down. When he came and asked me if it was Sarmiento, I said yes and he knelt down. He told me it was going to be a crack but be calm. I was nervous, I couldn’t believe it. legs, I did not know what to say. I still get nervous when I tell it, imagine at that moment, “he told the press.