Juan Sebastian Veron is one of the great talents world football has witnessed down the years, and now he is in charge of the future of his supposed heir.
The Argentine’s journey began with Estudiantes in his hometown La Plata, from where he would go on to have great success in Italy with Sampdoria, Parma and Lazio.
During his time at Manchester United and Chelsea he would fail to hit the same highs, though by then had already left an indelible mark on European football.
Now, Veron finds himself back where it all started. The 39-year-old serves as president of Estudiantes, where another player in his image is making waves of his own.
Just 20 years old, attacking midfielder Joaquin Correa has caught the eye of Europe’s elite with his displays for El Leon, including Manchester City and Chelsea.
Last week, reports claimed City to be in the lead in the race for Correa’s services after discussing a potential £8 million deal for him with Estudiantes.
This suggested Chelsea were potentially out of luck concerning Correa, but now it appears City might also be after all.
Sampdoria, Veron’s first club in Italian football, have also been sniffing around the young Argentine, hoping to tempt Correa into following in the footsteps of his illustrious predecessor.
And the Blucerchiati appear close to succeeding. Veron has revealed that he’ll soon be in Italy to engage in talks, though won’t rush through Correa’s sale.
Veron told Calciomercato: “Soon I will be in Italy for the operation linked to Joaquin Correa, but the day has not been decided. We are evaluating, there’s no rush.”
According to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, Sampdoria already have reached an agreement in principle with Estudiantes for Correa at £5.1 million.
This figure is a fair bit less than the £6.4 million release clause in the youngster’s contract, and Veron’s words seem to suggest that the fee Estudiantes are willing to accept is still under consideration.
Sampdoria’s personal connection with Veron may well have allowed them to gain an advantage over City and Chelsea, although Correa’s has not yet been firmly decided.
The Premier League pair do look to have a bit of work to do if they are to overtake the Blucerchiati, however, given that Veron has been open about his impending trip to Italy.
Sampdoria have been motivated to move quickly in part by Manolo Gabbiadini’s likely January departure to Napoli, needing to replace one young attacking star with another.