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Man City decision on Ian Carlo Poveda shows an important change in transfer strategy

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As Leeds United fans scramble to find out more about Ian Carlo Poveda - the talented youngster that is interesting the Championship high-flyers among others - one of the questions being asked is why Manchester City are willing to let him go.

That is not the case with Poveda, who City are happy to let leave either this January or in summer on a free transfer at the end of his contract.

As situations like Poveda's show, City have since moved away from such a policy.

Poveda looks set to become the latest talented prospect to walk away from City; Jadon Sancho left in 2017 a year before his scholarship deal ran out, Brahim Diaz moved on in 2019 six months before his deal ended.

However, that is less a reflection of the teenager's skill and more a reflection of how the Blues have moved away from their old approach to academy contracts.

That gives the club less of a safety net and raises the possibility that players could excel away from the Etihad but, given the respective fortunes of those who have recently left and those who were given long-term contracts, it is clearly felt that it is a risk worth taking.

The club's commitment to youth was shown by getting the best prospects to sign long-term contracts.
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