Suara.com – Manchester City is reportedly the favorite team to sign Argentinian teenager, Claudio Echeverri. Manchester City is believed to be ahead of Barcelona and Real Madrid in the hunt for the 17-year-old attacking midfielder.
Claudio Echeverri recently stole attention with his fine performance with the Argentina U-17 National Team at the 2023 U-17 World Cup which was held in Indonesia.
Packing a total of 5 goals plus 1 assist, the attacking midfielder nicknamed ‘The Next Lionel Messi’ took Argentina to the semifinals, before being stopped by Germany, who eventually became champions.
He is in third place in the U-17 World Cup top scorer and has the right to take the Silver Shoe individual trophy.
As reported by Tribal Football, Tuesday (5/12), Echeverri’s brilliant actions at the Indonesian U-17 World Cup did not escape the attention of elite European clubs such as Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona.
However, Manchester City is believed to be one step ahead of the Spanish duo in the hunt for the wonderkid.
Argentina U-17 National Team footballer, Claudio Echeverri appearing at the 2023 U-17 World Cup. (Suara.com/Alfian Winanto)
Echeverri’s current contract with Argentina’s elite club, River Plate, is still valid until December 2024.
According to Tribal Football, Manchester City talent scouts have monitored Echeverri’s actions with the River Plate senior team, even before when he was still in the youth team.
Even though he is still very young, Echeverri has appeared four times with the River Plate first team with 1 assist.
Apart from Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona, PSG, Juventus and two Milan clubs are reportedly also very interested in the talent of ‘The Next Messi’.