According to reports in La Gazzetta dello Sport in Italy, Barcelona have been keeping tabs on Racing starlet Ricardo Centurion.
The Catalan giants have been alerted by Napoli’s reported interest in the youngster and do not want to miss out on the chance to bring one of the most exciting players in Argentina to the Camp Nou.
Racing have a fine tradition of producing quality players through their youth system, hence their nickname ‘La Academica’, and Centurion is a prime example of the wonderfully gifted talent continuing to be formulated at the club.
The 19-year old has burst onto the scene in this season’s Torneo Inicial and has produced some sparkling performances, particularly for his tender age. Quick footed and quick witted, the ambidextrous winger is confident standing up to a marker. His tricky style and technical nous allows him to beat a man repeatedly whilst can still deliver a decent ball.
Italian journalist and broadcaster Alfredo Pedulla has also stated that AC Milan have been watching El Wachiturro (lover of Cumbia – a popular genre of music in Argentina) very closely.
Often compared to Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria, who started his career at Rosario Central, the playmaker has played a key role in Racing’s change in fortune this season. However, despite being admired by several clubs across the globe, the teenager has managed to find himself in trouble with the authorities after a photo was leaked of him posing (very casually) whilst holding a gun.
Time will tell whether Ricky decides to move to Europe after such a short time of his professional career to follow in the footsteps of Lisandro Lopez, Javier Saviola and Angel Di Maria, or if he will stay and play his trade for just a little while longer at the packed El Cilindro in Avellaneda.