Nigel Pearson tips Bristol City’s £25m star Alex Scott for a future England call-up

Bristol City manager Nigel Pearson quickly denied that Wolverhampton Wanderers had placed a £25m bid for 19-year-old midfielder Alex Scott, but admitted he expects there to be plenty of Premier League interest in the summer transfer window.

Scott scored his first Championship goal of the season in the Robins’ 2-0 win over Blackpool at Ashton Gate, in a week the Telegraph reported Julien Lopetegui was an admirer of the midfielder and the City boss disputed that a bid had been placed.

“The bids that nobody has heard of?” Questioned the former Leicester City manager.

“The reports coming from reporters and agents? We’ve had no bids for players so there you go.

“Whoever makes a proper bid at some point, it will have to be a really big bid to get him. He has to be more than £25m, he shouldn’t go for less than that.”

Scott made his Ashton Gate debut in the 2020/21 season when he was only 17-years-old, coming off the bench against Luton Town.

Since then he’s made 84 appearances and missed only one league game this season through suspension, which caught the eye of Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola in February who described him as a “special player.”

“He’s managed to continue his development with a pretty steady upward curve over the two years he has played here now,” said Pearson. “I think that speaks volumes about his ability and his potential too.

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“It’s difficult for a young man not to have an interest in speculation. He’ll play for a top side, absolutely no doubt in my mind about that. He will go onto really big things.

“Regarding the speculation about other clubs, I’m really not interested.”

Scott’s teammate and captain, Andreas Weimann is the latest in a long line to suggest the England youth International will be able to convert his under-20 experience into a full Three Lions cap and his manager has never had any doubts he’ll be a full-international.

“I think I said that after the first training session I watched him in,” said Pearson. “That was when he was a scrawny 17-year-old. He’s a very big talent and we’re very pleased to have him.”

Scott, for now at least, is a Bristol City player and although most fans are anticipating he only has a few more Ashton Gate outings left in his young career, Pearson and the Robins won’t let him depart without a fight.

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