Manchester City and Chelsea have been advised to have a close look at Paraguayan youngster Mauro Caballero. The 18 year old has been a real revelation at youth and senior level in Paraguay and according to Talksport he is already gaining the attention of Portuguese sides Benfica and Porto.
Caballero currently applies his trade for Paraguayan club side Libertad and his father believes his destination is Europe. His father, also called Mauro Caballero,who represented Paraguay 14 times, is the second highest goalscorer in the Paraguayan league with 107 goals and it looks as though he has passed his traits on to his son.
Caballero Jnr. has scored a prolific number of goals at junior international level. At 14 he found the back of the net 27 times in 24 appearances and this form continued to the under 17′s where he scored five goals in the South American Championships making him the second highest scorer in the tournament.
At just 1.75m tall he is reported to be strong in the air, as well as possessing intelligent movement, blistering pace and a sixth sense for goal, all attributes that a top class striker needs to be a real threat in the Premier League.
His father has stated that they have received one offer for a January move but nothing has been decided according to Talksport.
He told Radio Cardinal AM:
“The future of Mauro points to Europe. There is one great option for January, but we cannot confirm anything yet.”
Both Manchester City and Chelsea are reported to be looking for extra firepower, but the Stamford Bridge side are in more desperate need, with just Fernando Torres as a front line striker. If he has the movement and pace being reported, I would expect him to link up well with Juan Mata, Edin Hazard and Oscar; with his credentials he would look forward to mixing it with these styles of players.
On the other hand Roberto Mancini knows what a diminutive South American with those attributes can do at Eastlands with Sergio Aguero becoming a instant hit for the champions and is arguably one of the best strikers in the league.
Both teams would have to wonder if he is Premier League ready at such a tender age but he is certainly one for the future, be it this season or next. One thing for certain, one of the hottest prospects coming out of South America will be playing in Europe pretty soon.