Chelsea are pushing to sign River Plate young prodigy, Claudio Echeverri and then loan him to RC Strasbourg for European experience, as per Sky Sports journalist Sarah Wieczorek.
The Blues are looking to bolster their senior squad in January, but it looks like they are also working on deals to develop the youth squad.
The 17-year-old has emerged as one of the hottest prospects in South America after impressing for Argentina at the U17 World Cup in Indonesia. Evheverri also made his first team debut for River Plate’s first team and has since been on the radar of European top clubs.
The report adds that Premier League defending champions, Manchester City intend to sign him and keep him on loan at River Plate. However, neither City nor Chelsea have made any official offers for the youngster who is valued above £21.7m.
The Argentine’s contract at the Estadio Monumental is set to run out in the winter and neither clubs are keen on paying his release clause rather than waiting to see his contract run out.
Chelsea’s recruitment strategy has predominantly focused on acquiring some of the best young talents in South America. Some of these young talents include the likes of Andrey Santos who joined from Vasco da Gama, Angelo Gabriel and Deivid Washington from Santos respectively, and most notably, Kendry Paez from Independiente del Valle.
Other prominent non-south American youngsters such as Gabriel Slolina, Cesare Casadei, Ishe Samuel-Smith, Jimmy-Jay Morgan, Malo Gusto, and Dujuan Richards have all been recouped to nurture them into world-class players in the future.
Todd Boehly’s proactive approach towards the pursuit of young talents is evident in his pursuit of Echeverri, who has recently made an impact in his debut as a starter for the River Plate’s first team.
He is known for his natural dribbling ability, dynamic playmaking, and goal-scoring instincts. Echeverri, who is perceived to be the biggest talent in Argentina right now, has garnered significant attention from European top clubs.
As the January transfer window draws near, Chelsea must now brace themselves for a potential transfer tug-of-war for Echeverri, and considering their League position, a substantial financial package for the player and his club is their only card in getting ahead of their rivals.
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