Kraev, currently plying his trade with Levski Sofia, is regarded as one of the world’s best talents, and Manchester City want to bring him to England.
He has played just a handful of games for the Bulgarian side, but the Guardian is reporting that a host of Europe’s top teams are looking to poach him from his native country, with City leading the way along with Serie A champions Juventus.
However, little is known of the youngster, so we give you the lowdown on the next footballing superstar.
1) An attacking midfielder, 17-year-old Kraev has made just 11 apperances for the Levski first-team since making his debut on July 19, but he has three goals and three assists to his name in that time - with all three goals coming in a 7-1 thrashing of Spartak Varna in the Bulgarian Cup.
2) Likened to Bulgarian legend Hristo Stoichkov, it was the former winger who invited the youngster to a one-year trial with FC Barcelona’s famous La Masia academy - which he passed. He was close to joining the academy on a full-time basis, but returned to Levski and scored a remarkable 70 goals in 60 youth games.
3) It was Stoichkov who has given the best idea into Kraev’s style of play, saying that ‘Kraev is at his best when dribbling with speed, but I especially appreciate his unselfishness and willingness to play for the team’. Two-footed and creative, a former director of the Etrople academy called him ‘a complete player already, with excellent ball control, vision and unique passes ability’.
4) City have offered the youngster a seven-day trial, whilst Juventus want him for just three-days, and Levski coach Georgi Ivanov has confirmed that Kraev will go to both. Quoted by in the report, Ivanov confirmed: “City wants him for a seven-day trial whereas Juventus offers him three days of training. And he will go. Of course, we should not take this as a granted contract, but it is a positive signal for Kraev’s progress.”
5) Kraev’s footballing icon is Italian legend Roberto Baggio, and the youngster’s dream to emulate the former forward could play into Juventus’s hands, as the Serie A club could offer him a path into the side with whom Baggio netted 78 goals in 141 games.