Man City close to signing teenage midfielder Claudio Echeverri

Claudio Echeverri has been linked with a host of European clubs.

Premier League giants Manchester City are closing in on teenage sensation Claudio Echeverri from River Plate.

The 17-year-old midfielder has plenty of interest from several European clubs including Chelsea but City are advancing in a deal in excess of €20 million.

Last year Manchester City signed Julian Alvarez from River Plate who has become a fan favourite since his arrival at the Etihad.

The young forward has won the Premier League title, FA Cup, Champions League, Super Cup and Club World Cup in his debut season.

Alvarez was also part of the Argentina squad that won the World Cup last year in Qatar.

The club aims to structure a similar deal with River Plate for Claudio Echeverri who would be loaned back until the end of the Premier League season.

Echeverri expressed his desire to play for Barcelona but Fabrizio Romano confirmed Barcelona doesn’t have the funds to buy the teenager in January.

Romano said: “Echeverri always mentioned his passion for Barcelona in public, but Barca can’t make the deal happen now due to Financial Fair Play so it’s not possible to proceed. Manchester City and Chelsea remain keen and with higher chances to sign Claudio at this stage.”


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