Man City sign Echeverri, 18, from River Plate

 
Claudio Echeverri of River Plate controls the ball during the Trofeo de Campeones match between Rosario Central and River Plate at Estadio Unico Madre de Ciudades on December 22, 2023 in Santiago del Estero, Argentina. 

Manchester City have signed Argentina Under-17 midfielder Claudio Echeverri from River Plate.

City will pay about £12.5m for Echeverri, who has signed a four-and-a-half-year contract that runs to 2028.

The 18-year-old, who has made six first-team appearances for River Plate, will remain with the Argentine club throughout 2024.

City agreed a similar deal with River for Argentina forward Julian Alvarez in January 2022.

Echeverri was Argentina's captain at the U17 World Cup in November and scored a hat-trick as they beat Brazil 3-0 in the quarter-finals.

He finished the tournament with five goals as Argentina came fourth after losing the third-place play-off.

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