Who is the ‘new Messi’ that Barca have signed?

Who is the ‘new Messi’ that Barca have signed?

Barça and Argentina is a great love story. Further proof with the transfer of Lucas Román, the “new Messi”.

In the perpetual fight with Real Madrid over the capture of the great Brazilian nuggets, Barça seem to have a clear advantage when it comes to Argentina. It must be said that the links between the country of Diego Maradona and the Catalan club are numerous. Even closer ties with the transfer to Catalonia of Lucas Román, an 18-year-old Argentinian hopeful. But who is the one presented as a “new Messi”?

A great hope, a small Messi

Left-handed right winger able to also evolve in the axis, Lucas Román arrives in Catalonia from Ferro Carril (Argentina D2) against 1.2M. A relatively low sum (given the current market) for a great hope of 18 years already. But it is actually only a part of the total sum that will be paid to his training club: nearly 3.5M will join the envelope following various bonuses and objectives.

Struggling with Rival Plate in the dossier, Barça offered Román a contract until 2026 with a release clause of 400M, a habit taken since Neymar left PSG in 2017. The hard-hitting winger will only join however not the professional group at first since he will first join Barça Atletic, the club’s youth team, where he will be coached by Rafael Marquez.

When the transfer was announced, Ferro Carril’s president said of his former talent: “Lucas Román has a lot of similarities with Leo Messi. Barca scouts have seen it. Obviously, he’s not yet at Messi’s level, but he has similar characteristics. » Centerpiece of the Argentinian U18s of Javier Mascherano, Román played 27 matches in Argentinian D2 for 3 goals and 1 assist.