Chelsea & Man Utd suffer setback in "Snow Messi" pursuit

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Eight-year-old wonder kid Claudio Nancufil looks set to complete a move to Spain after his representatives confirmed that he will have trials with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid before deciding which one to join.

Nancufil has become an internet sensation after clips of him running rings around his opponents surfaced on video sharing websites.

Recent reports suggested that both Chelsea and Manchester United were looking to beat their European rivals to the punch for the young star, who is already represented by Barcelona-based PR agency Sueños Comunicaciones.

Nancufil has been identified as the heir to Lionel Messi's throne, and is set to be featured in a BBC documentary about Messi and Diego Maradona.

His representative Manuel Otero confirmed that while a move to the likes of Manchester United or Chelsea could be on the cards, he will travel to Spain to discuss the boy's future after the holidays.

"After the Christmas holidays, 'Claudito' will go to try out with these three Spanish teams and then we'll see what each of them offers us," he told El Confidencial.

"We've had an invitation from River Plate for him to train for a week with them.

"[The family] are not closing any doors and England could also be a great destination for the player."

Nancufil currently plays for a junior club in Bariloche in Argentina in the foothills of the Andes.

Club president Marcelo Ernalz told Argentina's Cadena 3:  "We're happy because both the kid and his family deserve an opportunity like this. 

"He's physically small and had the same growth problems detected in Messi when he was little, and he's getting hormone treatment."

If either Manchester United or Chelsea were to complete a deal for the eight-year-old, he would be one of the youngest players ever signed by a Premier League club.

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