Claudio Echeverri, an Argentina and River Plate star, is due to join Man City this month after the teenager beat over Chelsea and Barcelona for his services.
Having recently transferred from the Primera Division to the Premier League, the 18-year-old is certain to become the third young Argentinean to sign for Pep Guardiola’s team, after Maximo Perrone and Julian Alvarez joined.
A hat-trick against Brazil in the quarterfinals of the FIFA World Cup, among his five goals, Echeverri’s rise to prominence came after leading the Argentina Under-17 team in that competition back in November.
According to the Mail Sport, the teenager is anticipated to complete a £12 million first deal to the Etihad Stadium when the Argentinean transfer window opens on January 25.
Having already declined to sign a new deal with the South American team, Echeverri will return to River Plate on loan for an additional year and will not be joining Manchester City straight away.
The 18-year-old’s transfer price may increase to £21.7 million, and the agreement will be structured similarly to Alvarez’s January 2022 departure from River Plate.
According to recent remarks made by River Plate Sporting director Enzo Francescoli, who confirmed the transfer, the deal is anticipated to be completed during the current transfer window, as reported by Sport Witness.
“I see him the same as I did last year; he’s very composed.” He must obviously be dealing with internal issues. But he’s a fantastic man, so he deserves it,” Francescoli remarked.
“He is doing quite well, having a firm grasp on life beyond what happens to him when he becomes eighteen. He and I had a conversation a few days ago. He’s calm and really good.
These players—like Claudio (Echeverri), who astonish and thrill a lot of people—are the inevitable ones.
“Both distant and near markets, such as Brazil, which is stronger economically than us and has a more straightforward path in the economic realm.
“River requires him to play for a minimum of a year.” With the boy’s will, his representative, and City—which had the option to hold off on taking him for six months—things have been handled smoothly.
There are numerous factors to consider. The market and the circumstances in Argentina today as well.
The economics of the selling are excellent. He is only eighteen, but we are aware of his difficulties. A €100 million clause cannot be placed on players with big wages like those in Europe. It’s not that simple.