The 17-year-old River Plate attacking midfield starlet has already been dubbed 'the next Lionel Messi' – and his stock rose considerably thanks to his performances at the recent U17 World Cup in Indonesia.
However, according to the Mirror, City might have an edge over those other European giants: they relationship they fostered with River through signing Julian Alvarez.
Alvarez joined Pep Guardiola's men for £14m in January last year but remained on loan in Buenos Aires until the summer – before making a near-immediate impact at the Etihad Stadium and going on to star in Argentina's 2022 World Cup triumph.
Echeverri currently has a release clause of around £21m – although that rises to around £25m within 10 days of the end of any transfer window (the January transfer window closes on 1 February).
River are thought to be scrambling to double the value of that clause, though (not that £42m would come anywhere near the highest fee City have ever paid for a player).
Echeverri really caught the eye when his hat-trick saw Argentina beat arch-rivals Brazil in the quarter-finals of the U17 World Cup.
He finished the tournament – where the Argentines came fourth, losing to Mali in the third place play-off – with five goals in total; only River teammate Agustin Ruberto scored more.
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