In the case of deja vu, Manchester City has once again outpaced Premier League rivals Manchester United in securing the services of South American talent, as River Plate forward Claudio Echeverri is set to join the Etihad Stadium.

The pursuit did not progress further despite initial talks between Manchester United and River Plate.

The Guardian reports that Manchester City, under Pep Guardiola, has successfully concluded a deal valued at approximately £22 million for the talented teenage forward.

Agent Enzo Montepaone, confirming the transfer, stated to Calciomercato, “I can confirm that everything is done for the transfer of Claudio from River Plate to Manchester City. We are pleased.”

This situation has sparked concern among United supporters, reminiscent of previous instances where highly talented youngsters slipped through the club’s grasp.

Echeverri follows the likes of Julian Alvarez and Erling Haaland, highlighting the need for a top-tier sporting director, such as Dan Ashworth or Paul Mitchell, to enhance United’s recruitment strategy.

Echeverri, known for his recent hat-trick against Brazil in the Under 17 World Cup, will remain in Argentina for the next 12 months, rejoining River Plate on loan.

While United may explore interests in other River starlets like Augustin Ruberto and Ian Subiabre, there is a growing desire to build a Red Devils revolution with a more homegrown emphasis under Sir Jim Ratcliffe.

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