In the pursuit of fresh talent, Manchester United eyes the potential appointment of Dougie Freedman as the new sporting director, paving the way for scouting gems like the highly-touted Argentine prospect, Claudio Echeverri.
The Red Devils, contemplating a major restructuring under Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s proposed deal, aim to leverage Freedman’s expertise after his scouting mission at the U17 World Cup.
Echeverri, often hailed as ‘the new Messi,’ has garnered attention with his breakthrough at River Plate and an impressive performance at the U17 World Cup in Indonesia, where he marked his international debut with a goal against Japan.
Manchester United’s strategic moves include bringing in Freedman, currently associated with Crystal Palace, with a potential role as part of the upcoming changes at Old Trafford.
The 17-year-old Argentine, flattered by comparisons to Messi, maintains humility, stating, “I always said that my idol was Messi, but I’m nowhere near Messi! I also really liked Pablo Aimar, who’s part of the national-team staff, and he’s spoken to me many times.
He’s a great person, and he gives me useful pointers about what I need to correct in my game. I’d probably say ‘Pablito’, then – he was a talented player and loved to take on defenders like me.”