The “new Messi” has found a club and it’s not Barça


By: Manu Tournoux

In recent weeks, Claudio Echeverri has been the subject of much speculation.

The 17-year-old is one of the biggest prospects in world football, which has sparked interest from several top European clubs. FC Barcelona are one of the clubs most interested in Echeverri, who made a strong impression during the recent Under-17 World Cup with Argentina. However, despite the player himself being very keen to join Catalonia, River Plate rejected an offer of around €25 million.

FC Barcelona have since cooled their interest due to financial reasons, allowing Manchester City to take the lead in the race to acquire Echeverri. This race now seems won, with Gaston Edul reporting that an agreement has been reached between the European champions and River.

Man City will pay €25 million for Echeverri, who will stay at River Plate for the next 6-12 months on loan. He becomes the last high-level young player that FC Barcelona failed to recruit, with Gabriel Moscardo.

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