Palermo forward Paulo Dybala has always been highly rated ever since his days in his native Argentina with Instituto, and has continued to impress in Italy.
This season, Dybala has hit five goals in just 12 games, whilst also adding two assists to his name as well in an impressive campaign to date.
The 21-year-old has subsequently been linked with a move to Southampton, with the Saints looking to add more bodies to their squad in January ahead of their push for European football.
Dybala scored a stunning goal against Genoa early this week to enhance his reputation, which has already seen him compared to Manchester City star Sergio Aguero.
Yet now, a former Palermo defender has told Tutto Mercato Web that Dybala reminds him of another Argentine forward - only this time's it's Barcelona's Lionel Messi who Dybala is being compared to.
"If it is in the form there are few like him. He can do great things. He is not yet Messi, but he's almost like him. They are very close. It seems right that he goes to play in a great team, but I hope he stays here until the end of the season. He has technique and impressive speed," said Francesco Galeoto.
Dybala's reputation goes from strength to strength, with Phil Neville even pointing out on Twitter that he thinks Dybala is destined for the top.
Southampton will no doubt face competition for his signature, and adding him to their squad would be a huge coup. With the ability to play out wide or possibly off target man Graziano Pelle, he would be perfect for Ronald Koeman's side - but his price is rising by the week.