Pietro Pellgri
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According to Genoa based newspaper ilsecoloxix, Chelsea are in the running to sign Italian starlet Pietro Pellegri.

‘Who on Earth is that?’ we hear you say. As per ilsecoloxix, he is being courted by Serie A heavyweights AC Milan and Juventus, with Premier League champions Chelsea now entering the race. The Blue are not alone, however, ilsecoloxix note that Manchester City are also keen to secure the youngster’s services.

Pellegri signed his first professional contract in March and is very much the shining light in Genoa’s youth ranks. He then made headlines in the professional game after scoring a brace against Lazio at the age of just 16 over the weekend. He became the first player born in 2001 to score in Serie A.

ilsecoloxix make the comparison between Pellegri and Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi. At this early stage of his career, comparing him to the Argentine could be seen to put him under unnecessary pressure.

However, if he has even an ounce of Messi’s talent, he will go far in the footballing world. The way in which he carries the ball past players is certainly Messi-esque, as you can see for yourself in the below video, created by WorldofFootballHD on YouTube.

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