Several teams, including Juventus, Milan, and Inter, have taken notice of Claudio Echeverri, who turned heads during the recent U-17 World Cup. He had a hat-trick versus Brazil. A host of suitors have already lined up ahead of the next transfer windows, AS informs (via TuttoSport).
Real Madrid, PSG, Manchester City, Benfica, and Atletico Madrid have also scouted the talent first-hand in recent weeks.
Echeverri has a €25M release clause in his contract, a hefty sum considering he’ll turn 18 in January. Los Galacticos appear to have laid the most legwork at this stage, but the race is wide open.
Juventus had already watched him in a previous youth tournament and was left very impressed. The prodigy has inevitably drawn comparisons with Lionel Messi for his traits, even though he’s right-footed.
The 17-year-old debuted with River Plate this campaign and has made four Superliga appearances, providing one assist. He has 17 caps and 8 goals with Argentina U-17.
Our Take on Echeverri
Juventus and Milan have been brilliant in luring young talents in recent years, but it’s easier for Serie A teams to do so for lower sums before they fully bloom. Inter are historically productive regarding signings from Argentina, but he might already be too well-known and destined to leagues whose powerhouses can afford to invest the big bucks in starlets.
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