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Bad news for Barcelona as Man City join race to land River Plate starlet Claudio Echeverri

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River Plate v Colon - Liga Profesional Argentina Photo by Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images

Barcelona have reportedly been joined by Premier League giants Manchester City in the race to land River Plate teenager Claudio Echeverri.

The youngster’s future has become the subject of much speculation after an impressive showing at the Under-17 World Cup with Argentina.

Xavi has admitted he’s a fan already, while Echeverri has said he’d love to play for Barcelona and claims he won’t extend his contract at River Plate which expires in 2024.

The latest update on the teenager’s future comes from Fabrizio Romano who reckons Manchester City have now joined the race to land the youngster.

The Premier League champions are apparently “working hard” on doing a deal, while it’s also mentioned that big-spending Chelsea are also keen.

All of which is likely to spell bad news for Barcelona. The Catalans are struggling to sign players due to Financial Fair Play and certainly can’t match the spending power of the two Premier League clubs right now.

Echeverri has a release clause set at 20 million euros in his current contract but could also be available as a free agent at the end of the year if he does not extend his existing deal at River Plate.

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