Groningen are set to sign Manchester City defender Ko Itakura on loan for the third consecutive season.

The Japanese international has spent the last two years with Groningen with the 23-year-old making 23 appearances for the club.

Speaking to RTV Noords, Groningen director Mark-Jan Fledderus confirmed that talks with Manchester City are going well, “We are close to an agreement with Manchester City. I expect we will get clear in the coming weeks, but it looks good.

“It’s not finished yet, but I have a good feeling about it. Now it is mainly about whether Ko himself wants to play for another year at FC Groningen. “

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