Polish journalist Tomasz Smokowski, who works for renowned outlet Kanal Sportowy, has claimed that Manchester City have formed a plan with Leeds United that could see teenage winger Michal Karbownik move to England.
Karbownik has been linked with numerous European heavyweights ahead of the summer window, with the versatile left-back already clocking up 24 senior appearances for Legia Warsaw in which the 19-year-old has laid on six assists.
Barcelona, RedBull Salzburg, Sporting Lisbon, Club Brugge and PSV Eindhoven have all been touted as interested in the Poland Under-19 international. But it appears that Manchester City could be about to bring the teenager to England.
Indeed, Manchester City have a plan. Smokowski claims that Leeds United wanted to sign Karbownik with his asking price between £9million and £10.7million, but that figure is too high for the Championship leaders.
However, the plan is that Manchester City are willing to buy Karbownik and immediately send him on loan to Leeds. If he impresses, then Manchester City will keep him – and vice versa.
“One of the clubs that are interested is Manchester City – not for themselves but for Leeds, because these clubs work closely together,” Smokowski said. “Leeds simply cannot afford him. Buy him, loan him to Leeds. If it works, City will take him.”
TBR’s view – Decent business for both clubs involved
It is a win-win situation. A fee under £11million is pocket change to Manchester City, and they could land themselves a gem if he continues to develop with first-team football – and Leeds can offer him that.
Leeds will benefit as they need a left-sided defender and Karbownik boasts enormous talent, flair and the ability to offer a threat from the left flank – but also remaining defensively solid. He is easily Premier League standard.
That benefits Leeds, and with the chances that he will be playing Premier League football at Leeds next season, Manchester City will also benefit from the development of Karbownik at a top-tier side. A no-brainer.