The Premier League champions are well-known for keeping a close eye on rising youth talent from all over the world.
While their scouting team is well-known for being at the forefront of South American recruitment, signings from the European market are frequently reported.
The Etihad chiefs successfully pursued Everton youth forward Emilio Lawrence this summer, as the 16-year-old took his next step upwards in the professional game.
The importance of recruitment at the youth level has also been highlighted by high-profile sales from their academy this summer.
Transfers from the Manchester City academy to Premier League rivals Southampton accounted for upwards of £50 million alone.
The Saints offer both Premier League football and most importantly, a significant amount of playing time in comparison to what is on offer at the City Football Academy.
But as players leave the academy system, players also join, and the latest successful pursuit took Manchester City to the German market.
Such is a strong reputation and highly-rated nature of the teenager that City are claimed to have beaten Premier League giants Chelsea and German champions Bayern Munich to the player’s signature.
It is further detailed that Alfa-Ruprecht signed within the most recent summer transfer window and will become a part of Manchester City’s under-18 system.
Internally, the player is regarded as ‘one for the future by relevant officials at Manchester City, as per Fabrizio Romano.
Farid Alfa-Ruprecht’s new teammates in the Manchester City academy system as a whole got off to the perfect start in European competition this week.
Against Sevilla in the UEFA Youth League opening matchday, a hat-trick from the exciting talent Carlos Borges, plus goals from Adedire Mebude and Will Dickson, secured all three points in a 5-1 win for Brian Barry-Murphy’s elite development squad.