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Barcelona scouting two Argentine youth stars - report

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Exequiel Zeballos (Boca Juniors) and Matías Palacios (San Lorenzo) are part of Argentina’s U17 squad

Spain v Argentina - FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 Photo by Gilson Borba/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Barcelona scouts have taken a keen interest in two Argentine youngsters who are currently performing at the FIFA U17 World Cup, Mundo Deportivo reports.

Exequiel Zeballos (Boca Juniors) and Matías Palacios (San Lorenzo) are both aged 17 and tipped to become important players for Argentina one day.

Both started for Argentina in their 0-0 draw with Spain to open the albiceleste’s U17 World Cup campaign. Palacios, a midfielder, in particular, drew praise, notably hitting the bar in that game.

Palacios already debuted in the Argentine league and is San Lorenzo’s youngest ever debutant in the Primera.

Zeballos, primarily a left winger, is still awaiting a first-team debut but is an important player for Boca’s reserves.