Once seriously pursued by Real Madrid and Milan, the classy Uruguayan midfielder looks set to quit Argentina’s Boca Juniors for Italian champions Juventus, who set up the deal when negotiating the sale to Boca last year of returning hero Carlos Tevez.
Representing excellent value for money at €9.4million, the 19-year-old is the complete engine-room package: impressive in
his distribution and work ethic, unflustered, elegant and extremely versatile, and comfortable either in a pure holding role, as a playmaker further forward or on the outside of a midfield diamond.
Juve’s plan is to loan him back to Boca for six months, then definitively welcome him on board in the summer of 2017.
Has made great progress since exiting the pitch in tears after gifting San Lorenzo a cheap winner early in his senior career.