According to Italian transfer market specialist Fabrizio Romano, the City Football Group has secured the acquisition of 18-year-old Alex Alcalá, considered a prodigy from Los Angeles Galaxy.
Born in Stockton, California, Alcalá initiated his career with the local team Stockton TLJ FC Rebels. He spent time training with Manchester City, Barcelona, and Pachuca before joining the LA Galaxy youth system in 2020.
In July 2021, Manchester City reached a pre-agreement with LA Galaxy to have preferential rights in Alcalá's buyout clause once he turned 18. About a year later, he earned a spot in the MLS Next All-Star Game. However, the midfielder hasn't made a professional appearance yet.
Eligible to represent both Mexico and the United States internationally, Alcalá has been part of Mexico's youth squads at various levels—U-15, U-16, and U-18. Given the proximity to American soccer, Alcalá is likely to join New York City, a club under the City Group umbrella.
The team already features Brazilians Talles Magno (formerly of Vasco), Thiago Andrade (formerly of Bahia and Athletico-PR), and Thiago Martins (formerly of Palmeiras).
Meanwhile, Bahia, the emerging force in the City Group, remains active in the transfer market. After securing Everton Ribeiro, the team led by Rogério Ceni has shown interest in players such as Victor Cuesta (Botafogo), Jean Lucas (Santos), Carlos Vinícius (Fulham), Iago Borduchi (Augsburg), and Caio Alexandre (Fortaleza).