Premier League

Man City close to signing 'mini Messi' from Estudiantes

17-year-old Dario Sarmiento has caught the eye in Argentina despite only playing a small amount of games

 
11:31am on Monday 7th September 2020
By
Martin Macdonald

Man City are stepping up their efforts to sign the player dubbed as the 'mini Messi' - 17-year-old Dario Sarmiento of Estudiantes.

Sarmiento has only made a handful of appearances for the Argentine side, but has already displayed enough skill for him to be compared to Lionel Messi.

His balance, dribbling ability, poise on the ball, and the fact he is left-footed have all led to comparisons with the Barcelona superstar.

Now, after failing to land Messi for real, Manchester City are hoping to find the next one with a swoop for Sarmiento.

READ MORE:

Haaland compared to Messi and Ronaldo by Norway boss

Fati's self-confidence isn't normal - Luis Enrique

Aymeric Laporte and Riyad Mahrez test positive for Covid

Why the four Liverpool nominees should win the PFA Player of the Year

Two weeks ago Messi sent a fax to Barcelona requesting the termination of his contract, allowing him free to talk to other clubs. However, on Friday evening he performed a u-turn and announced he was staying at the Camp Nou.

That was disappointing news for City who had been leading the race to sign the six-time Ballon d'Or winner due to their financial might and Messi's relationship with head coach Pep Guardiola.

Former Argentina boss Alejandro Sabella, who made Messi the captain of the national side, was hugely impressed with the performances of Sarmiento and reportedly got down on his knees and praised the player as a future superstar to his face, according to ESPN.

Should City agree a deal to sign Sarmiento, he would not be able to make the move until the age of 18 which would allow him to continue his development at Estudiantes before the rigours of the Premier League.

Latest news

European Assists King

European Assists King 2020/21: Muller goes outright second behind Kane

FC will track the best providers across Europe's top five leagues throughout the 2020/21 season

  • 9 minutes
Team of the Week

Gervinho stars for Parma to make La Liga Team of the Week

Former Arsenal striker Gervinho scored two goals from midfielder as his side overcame Genoa to move away from the bottom of the table.

  • 11 minutes
European Golden Shoe

European Golden Shoe 2020/21: Lewandowski stretches his lead again

After a week of challengers starting to emerge, the Bayern striker has extended his lead following a goal at the weekend

  • 32 minutes
Team of the week

Aspas impresses again to make La Liga Team of the Week

Three Celta players featured alongside their Real Madrid and Barcelona counterparts in this week's La Liga Team of the Week.

  • 35 minutes
Team of the Week

Perfect Mahrez leads City trio included in Premier League Team of the Week

The Algerian was in fine form for Pep Guardiola's side who destroyed Burnley 5-0 at the weekend

  • 53 minutes
Diego Maradona

Messi has none of Maradona's passion, but Ronaldo does, says Jesus

The current Benfica head coach belies the late, great Maradona to be the greatest player of all time

  • 3 hours

Most read