Shamrock Rovers goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu to join Man City
16-year-old agrees four-year contract which starts next summer for a fee of €400,000
16-year-old Shamrock Rovers goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu is to join Manchester City next summer. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho
Bazunu has attracted plenty of cross-channel interest since last month becoming the Hoops’ youngest-ever first-team player but the battle for his signature whittled down to bids by City and Tottenham Hotspur.
Spurs were first to mount a serious bid yet were outmuscled by a distance when City translated their interest into a firm bid recently. Rovers officials, led by Director of Football Stephen McPhail, concluded their negotiations on Friday at the Etihad Stadium before the player and his family met the first-team staff, including first-team manager Pep Guardiola, after Sunday’s humbling of Huddersfield Town.
The teenager has agreed a four-year contract which will begin next June once he completes his Leaving Certificate.
Amid the hype caused by his six appearances in the first-team, four of them clean sheets, both the player and his manager Stephen Bradley insisted no cross-channel move would occur until his studies at Ashfield College were concluded.
The stopper is expected to continue combining his academic duties with football, meaning he will provide Rovers first-choice Alan Mannus with competition during the opening four months of next season in the run-up to his exams.