Argentina’s “new Lionel Messi” Thiago Almada reportedly set to snub Manchester United’s offer due to his intentions to follow his idol who plays for a different club.
The Sun reported Sunday that United is willing to put an impressive offer to sign the 19-year-old, a skilful forward playing for Velez Sarsfield.
However, reports claimed that the Red Devils could be set to miss out on Almada as the youngster young prefers a move to the defending champions Manchester City because of his idol Carlos Tevez, a former star of the club.
United have reportedly been courting the young attacker in recent weeks but Man City’s boss Pep Guardiola has touted Almada to be a likely successor for the club’s veteran David Silva.
The Argentine is believed to favour a move to City over United in a deal that could see the Premier League champions giving away £15 million ($18.1 million).
Almada is believed to be opting to follow the footsteps of Tevez, who reportedly inspired his playing style growing up.
Manchester City’s pursuit of signing the teenager has been an ongoing process.
In fact, the club was reportedly closing in on a deal to sign Almada last summer but the youngster eventually signed a new contract to remain at Velez.