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Man City lead European giants in race for the 'next Lionel Messi' - as 'seven clubs prepare to battle it out' for Argentina's U17 starlet

Manchester City are reportedly leading the race to sign an Argentinian teenager that he been likened to a young Lionel Messi.

The Mirror report that the Premier League giants have sent scouts to watch River Plate starlet Claudio Echeverri on multiple occasions.

They already have a relationship with the club, from whom they signed Julian Alvarez.

City are facing competition from a host of European giants with the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, PSG, Juventus and the two Milan clubs all said to be interested.