Real Madrid have reached an agreement to bring Argentinian wonderkid Lucas Patanelli to the Spanish capital, Madrid-based sports newspaper Marca has revealed.
Los Blancos have been eyeing the Independiente Avellaneda pearl for some months, and now they have finally sealed a pre-contract deal that will see the promising playmaker switch Argentina for Spain when he turns 16 years old.
Patanelli is a 15-year-old forward who plays as the typical Argentinian number 10. He has been labelled by some as the next Messi. He also possess fantastic control and great passing ability.
However, Patanelli has not made his debut for Independiente first team yet, and he might never make it should he move to Madrid after turning 16. FIFA rules prevent clubs from signing kids before they reach that age, and Patanelli will turn 16 next February.
Los Blancos failed to sign another Argentinian pearl, Augusto Batalla, last summer, when they have already agreed terms for the goalkeeper to join the club on loan. However, Batalla finally decided to stay at River Plate. Florentino Perez hopes this will not happen with Patanelli.