A frenetic transfer scramble for the hottest pre-teen star in South America is underway as Manchester United, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and AC Milan are all reportedly monitoring the development of 8-year-old soccer sensation Claudio Gabriel Nancufil, dubbed the Snow Messi due to the trick-filled skills he has displayed for the Bariloche juniors in Argentina, close to the Andes.
Not only does the phenom favour his left foot but he exhibits exceptional ball control for his age, is an exquisite dribbler and is of diminutive stature when compared to his peers.
According to a report in The Mirror, his family are so sure of his future success that they have already sought out the help of Sueno Comunicaciones who will effectively act as player representation to oversee a transition from Bariloche, to one of the big European clubs.
The Express, meanwhile, claim the Premier League pair are in pole position to recruit the next Messi.
See the embedded video below for the highlight-reel that may well have whetted the appetites of Europe's elite.
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