Meet The 'New Lionel Messi' Who Could Be Playing Premier League Football Next Season
Ladies and gentlemen, meet 17-year-old forward Thiago Almada, the Velez Sarsfield wonderkid who has tipped to become the next Lionel Messi by many. No pressure, kid.
Almada, who is a regular starter for the Primera Division side, is believed to be the hottest prospect in Argentina.
The fact that Pep Guardiola is said to have sent scouts to watch Velez Sarsfield games of late, just to keep an eye on the talented youngster, says so much about this talented teen.
Manchester City have targeted to buy Argentine midfielder Thiago Almada, 17 - dubbed the new Lionel Messi and playing in his country's top division for Velez Sarsfield - in a £20m deal.- Ayodele Emaye (@AySport1) April 21, 2019
Manchester City are willing to spend a remarkable £20 million to sign Velez Sarsfield wonderkid Thiago Almada (18).- City Xtra (@City_Xtra) April 21, 2019
City are so desperate to sign Almada, they could transfer him to partner club Girona, before resolving their problems with FIFA.
Manchester City are reportedly ready to splash £20million on the 17-year-old.
And if they struggle to receive a work permit for Almada, they will loan him to feeder club Girona in order to make it happen, according to The Sun.
Of course, many have been dubbed the new Messi in the past and have struggled to live up to expectation.
Vélez Sarsfield are looking to increase Thiago Almada's release clause to close to $25M. The 17-year-old's current contract sets that at $14M & since being named in the #Golazo50 has seen his value rocket :wink: pic.twitter.com/EM5O9VthDT- Peter Coates (@golazoargentino) April 16, 2019
Sporting Lisbon and former Dundee United player Ryan Gauld was touted for greatness in his early days, with the likes of Manchester United lurking around over a potential deal.
But he never really got going in the world of football and now plays on loan at Scottish Premiership side Hibernian.
Another player who was given the tag was former Arsenal forward Ryo Miyaichi, who was famed for his incredible turn of speed.
In 2013, a teenager called Ryan Gauld was linked with moves to Manchester United and Real Madrid...- SPORTbible (@sportbible) January 1, 2019
Five years later, things have changed dramatically for the 'Scottish Messi' :flushed: https://t.co/XcSerRjM0e
After loan spells at Bolton and Wigan, he struggled to make an impression and now plays for Bundesliga second division side FC St. Pauli, aged 26.
The likes of Marko Marin and Bojan also spring to mind, but heres hoping Almada flourishes in the coming years.
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