Arsenal and Manchester United are among the clubs interested in Argentina youngster Ezequiel Barco, according to reports.
The Atlanta United star is attracting interest from Europe after an impressive season with the MLS team.
He has also caught the eye in Argentina’s youth teams and Record (via Sport Witness ) reports that Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon are weighing-up an approach for the 20-year-old.
According to the publication, Sporting view the Atlanta man as an ideal replacement for star playmaker Bruno Fernandes if they lose the Portugal international in January.
However, it is claimed that club could be faced with serious competition, with the Gunners and Red Devils also believed to have shown interest.
It is claimed that the two Premier League giants feature on a long list of admirers that also includes Benfica, Lille and Valencia.
Barco, who is considered one of the South America’s most exciting youngsters, joined Atlanta from Independiente for a reported $15million (£11.6m) fee in January 2018 – an MLS record at the time.
However, it is expected that Atlanta would expect a much bigger sum after an impressive start to his spell in the United States.
Despite seeing his season interrupted by injuries and international commitments, the midfielder finished the recent campaign with four goals and three assists in 15 MLS appearances for Atlanta.
He helped Frank de Boer’s side to the play-offs, where they made it all the way to the Conference Finals before they were beaten by Toronto FC.
Barco also featured for Argentina at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland earlier this year.
He started all four of his country’s games, scoring a brace in their opening 5-2 win over South Africa, before they lost to Mali on penalties in the last 16.