Barcelona are set to clinch the signing of Mexican U-20 international Jonathan Espericueta from Mexican club Tigres de la UANL beating Manchester United to the starlet's signature.
According to Multimedia Sports, a source close to the negotiations between the two clubs said that Miguel Angel Garza, sports delegate of Tigres and Andoni Zubizarreta, sporting director of Barcelona have agreed on a deal transferring 50 percent of the player's rights to the Catalan club.
Espericueta, whose roots can be traced back to Spain's Basque region, will travel to Barcelona in the next few days along with his family, as the Catalan club doesnot want the youngster to feel lonely in his new surroundings.
The U-17 world champion will play for Barcelona's B team in the Segunda Division this season before making the jump to the first-team in the coming seasons.
Though rated very highly within Mexican football, Espericueta has yet to make
his Liga debut for Tigres but has managed to taste senior action in the Copa Libertadores.
The 19-year-old winger was mentioned to United's coaching staff by their Mexican forward Javier Hernandez last month and speculation was rife that Espericueta might follow his senior countryman to Old Trafford.
Boasting great pace and ball control, Espericueta is an exciting, left wing talent in the mould of Ryan Giggs.
However Barcelona have moved quickly and quietly to beat United and snap up the latest talent to emerge from the North American country.
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