Chelsea and Manchester City look ready to fight it out over one of the brightest talents in South America, with both clubs hotly linked to Paraguayan forward Mauro Andres Caballero. The player's dad says he has an offer on the table for a move to Europe in January, so will one of the English club's succeed? talkSPORT's Transfer Spotlight reveals all...
Name: Mauro Caballero
Date of birt:h 8 October, 1994
Birthplace: Asuncion, Paraguay
Honours: South American U15 Championship (2009)
International appearances: Member of Paraguay U17 squad
What's the latest?
Maura Caballero rose to prominence in his home nation of Paraguay last season, after scoring in both the Copa Libertadores and domestic league. Unsurprisingly, FC Porto have taken notice, and appear to be in advanced stages of negotiating with the player, but Manchester City and Chelsea are said to have recently joined the chasing pack, and the English sides could have enough financial muscle to turn his head. One thing that is certain is that he won't be staying at Libertad, after rejecting a contract with the club.
Did you know?
1) The striker's father, Mauro Antonio Caballero, was also a professional footballer, making 15 appearances and scoring two goals with the Paraguayan national team between 1996 and 2003, and, most notably, winning the Copa Libertadores with Paraguayan side Libertad in 2002.
2) After taking up football as an eight-year-old, Mauro Junior spent three years at his local amateur side before joining the youth ranks of Olimpia. He then moved on his father's former side Libertad as a 13-year-old in 2008.
3) As a member of Libertad's U15 side, Mauro scored 27 goals in 23 games in 2009, and that same year he won the South American U15 Championship with Paraguay. In the tournament, the striker scored five goals, finishing second in the goal scoring chart behind current Chelsea striker Lucas Piazon.
4) The striker made his first team debut against Tacuary in May 2011, and scored his first goal in December of that year. The forward has been lauded for his movement, rarely remaining static on the pitch, and proving difficult to mark as a result. Despite not being particularly tall, he heads the ball well, and has been particularly effective from set pieces for Libertad.
5) Aside from playing as a centre-forward, Caballero can also play as a supporting striker or even as an attacking midfielder. Despite not playing with Libertad since his youth contract expired in October, he was nonetheless called up to Paraguay's U20 side for the first time this month.
“His contract expired on October 8 when Mauro turned 18. Our relationship with Libertad is broken. They offered us $2m in two quotes, and we didn't accept it” Mauro's father, Mauro Sr.
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