Man City set to sign the ‘next Lionel Messi’! Premier League champions strike £20m Claudio Echeverri deal to beat Real Madrid, Barcelona & PSG in transfer race for Argentine wonderkid

According to TyC Sports journalist Gaston Edul, the Premier League champions have marched ahead of their European rivals in pursuit of the 17-year-old forward, who has been dubbed "the next Lionel Messi". Paris Saint-Germain have also been in the race, but City are now all set to announce the signing in the January window.

Echeverri shone brightly on the international stage, particularly at the recent U17 World Cup, where he showcased his skills by scoring a memorable hat-trick in a quarter-final tie against Brazil. Despite Argentina finishing fourth in the tournament, Echeverri's prowess in attack earned him recognition.

Edul claims that City have agreed to a £20m ($25m) deal with River Plate for the potential future superstar. The agreement stipulates that Echeverri will remain at River Plate until at least the summer, with the possibility of extending his stay until the end of 2024 to gain more valuable first-team experience.


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