BARCELONA

Have Barça already agreed a pre-contract with Patanelli?

According to news agency EFE, the blaugranas have paid 3.5 million euros for 50% of the rights of the 16 year old currently at Independiente and being dubbed "the new Messi".

According to news agency EFE, the Catalan giants signed a pre-contract with Lucas Patanelli giving them half his footballing rights and with the option to take him to the Camp Nou when they please. He is currently playing at Independiente and the 16-year old is being likened to a young Messi due to his incredible ball control and dribbling abilities.

The report also states that Barça have come out to say that the deal isn't finalised with other big clubs, including rivals Real Madrid and PSG, following the youngester they will be keen to stay ahead in the race for the Argentine. Interestingly the article mentions that Real Madrid invited Patanelli to Valdebebas last year.

Check out the kid's skills. Worth getting excited about?