Man City face losing three academy products in Jayden Braaf, Luke Mbete and Josh Wilson-Esbrand

Scott Polacek Manchester City FC

Manchester City face losing three of their most talented youngsters this month with Jayden Braaf, Luke Mbete and Josh Wilson-Esbrand wanted by rival clubs.

The Etihad academy is fast becoming the go-to place to pick up some of the best youngsters in Europe and teams from across the continent are plotting to prize away City’s best kids.

Braaf is a target for German club Bayer Leverkusen, with initial discussions over a move understood to be underway.

Manchester City face losing a trio of youngsters, including 18-year-old Jayden Braaf (above)

Manchester City face losing a trio of youngsters, including 18-year-old Jayden Braaf (above)

Manchester City face losing a trio of youngsters, including 18-year-old Jayden Braaf (above)

Defender Luke Mbete (left) could also leave this month with Leeds and Juventus interested

Defender Luke Mbete (left) could also leave this month with Leeds and Juventus interested

Defender Luke Mbete (left) could also leave this month with Leeds and Juventus interested

The 18-year-old Dutchman is yet to make his senior debut for the club but is very highly-rated across the continent.

Mbete, 17, and Wilson-Esbrand, 18, are both interesting Premier League rivals Leeds.

Juventus are understood to be monitoring Mbete’s situation closely.

City have assembled an enviable academy recruitment team across the UK and Europe – which is led by highly respected scout and recruiter Joe Shields.

Joshua Wilson-Esbrand, the 18-year-old left-back, is also interesting the Elland Road side

Joshua Wilson-Esbrand, the 18-year-old left-back, is also interesting the Elland Road side

Joshua Wilson-Esbrand, the 18-year-old left-back, is also interesting the Elland Road side

City continue to dominate domestic UK recruitment, and are particularly strong in the south, an area led by highly rated national scouting lead Sam Fagbemi and his team of spies.

Their identification of emerging talent has made their academy one of the most successful in European football.

But it has also led to their best youngsters being targeted by rival teams, who are prepared to offer them clear first-team pathways.

Jadon Sancho famously left the City academy to become a key player for Borussia Dortmund, while Jamie Bynoe-Gittens left the Etihad last summer to join the German club.

Jadon Sancho famously left the City academy to become a key player for Borussia Dortmund

Jadon Sancho famously left the City academy to become a key player for Borussia Dortmund

Jadon Sancho famously left the City academy to become a key player for Borussia Dortmund

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