Arsenal are taking steps to agree a deal to sign Maxi Romero, report The Telegraph.
The striker is one of the most highly rated prospects in Argentina and has predictably been compared to his famous countryman.
The paper write: "Arsenal transfer negotiator Dick Law has visited Argentina to try to finalise a deal to sign 16-year-old Maxi Romero, dubbed ‘the new Lionel Messi’."
Over the weekend The Sun reported Arsenal were preparing a huge £4.5 million offer for the Velez Sarsfield attacker.
The same report also claimed the Gunners plan to loan Romero back to his club for two seasons, and quoted Velez president Raul Gamez: "Arsenal have made a big offer for Maxi Romero. I don’t want to talk figures just yet but it’s a big offer."
Romero's agent Rolando Zarate was quoted by Spanish newspaper Marca last week confirming he had met with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger twice to discuss a move for the teenager.
The striker scored an impressive 33 goals in the under-15 league he was playing in last season, as reported by Golazo Argentino, and is training with the Velez Sarsfield first team despite not yet making his full debut.
Like Wellington Silva, Arsenal may not yet see the fruits of this transfer for years to come, but the fact they are casting their net wide to sign who they regard as the very best young talents in the world offers further hope of a bright future for the club.