Manchester City Beat Serie A Clubs for Argentine Talent

Juventus, Milan, and Inter were touted to be among the sides keen on Claudio Echeverri, but the River Plate prodigy is headed to Manchester City. They blew the competition out of the water with a considerable offer. The attacker has drawn comparisons with Lionel Messi, especially after scoring a hat-trick against Brazil in the U-17 World Cup.

The English powerhouse bested Real Madrid and Barcelona too. Pep Guardiola recommended the signing and was instrumental in the success of their pursuit. His agent Enzo Montepaone corroborated the rumors talking with Calciomercato.

“I can confirm that everything has been settled about the transfer of Echeverri from River Plate to Manchester City. We’re very happy.”

The Sky Blues will pay €26M for the Argentine, who will ink a six-year contract. He’ll spend another season on loan to Los Millonarios.

The 17-year-old has featured six times with the first team, assisting once, and starred on four occasions in the Superliga. He turned heads primarily due to his performances with the national team. He has recorded 13 goals in 23 appearances with Argentina U-17.

While Manchester City will beat the Serie A sides for Echeverri, Milan should exact their revenge by stymieing their attempt to steal Partizan’s starlet Matija Popovic from under their nose. The Serb should put pen to paper with the Rossoneri as soon as he turns 18 in 10 days, joining on a free transfer.

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