Football: Six Argentinians arrive at City

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Manchester City are to give a trial to six young Argentinians after a putative deal with Celtic fell through.

They arrived at Maine Road on Tuesday and will make their debuts in the A team on Saturday against Burnley. They have all played for their country at youth level.

Pablo dos Reyes, at 20 the senior player in the group, is with the champions River Plate and would cost around pounds 500,000. The winger Miguel Manzoni, 17, is rated in the same price range.

The defender Martin Figueroa and the striker Gaston Piaquadio are in the Newells Old Boys squad, the winger Pablo Modica is at Rosario Central, while the Independiente midfielder, Martin Gomez, may be the pick of the bunch at 18.

All six have dual nationality and either Italian or Spanish passports, so there will be no problem with work permits.