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AC Milan's 14-year-old trequartista, Hachim Mastour

It took a reported £500,000 to prise 14-year-old wonderkid Hachim Mastour from his club Reggiana to the green grasses of the San Siro. Inter Milan had been monitoring the youngster since he was 10 but it was their bitter rivals AC Milan who secured his signature.

Along with Inter, Real Madrid, Juventus, Barcelona and Manchester City were keen on the playmaker who displays unbelievable amounts of talent at such a young age. Milan’s transfer activity will be extremely low this season due to a lack of funds but this signing could prove to be their best yet.

HACHIM MASTOUR

NAME: HACHIM MASTOUR

POSITION: TREQUARTISTA

AGE: 14

CLUB: AC MILAN

NATIONALITY: ITALIAN

HEIGHT: 5’ 8”

WEIGHT: 63 KG

HE’S A BIT LIKE: ZINEDINE ZIDANE, KAKA, JUAN ROMAN RIQUELME

Born in Reggio Emilia, Italy to Moroccan parents, Hachim was pre-destined for greatness after joining local side Reggio Calcio. Shortly after, he was transferred to Reggiana at the age of 10, where Inter discovered him.

Inter were desperate to sign the player but federal rules prevented them from making a move until he was 14. Mastour briefly appeared in a black and blue shirt in minor tournaments but was still a Reggiana player.

He participated in a tournament for the Nerazzurri in January 2012, scoring five goals including one in the final, forcing Inter to make completing a deal their mission. However, his sparkling form for Reggiana meant the list of admirers continued to grow.

Juventus, Manchester City and Real Madrid all bombarded the player's representative, Dario Paolillo, with offers. City even offered accommodation for the player and his family in Manchester.

It was Milan’s head of their youth set up, Mauro Bianchessi, who swayed Mastour to the red side of the San Siro from under Inter’s noses. Milan CEO Adriano Galliani was also decisive in the move, immediately funding a 500,000 bid which was enough to kick start negotiations.

The deal was made official on July 2, when Hachim attended the club’s offices to sign a contract in the presence of Galliani. He will train with the Primavera side but will play his football with the Allievi Nazionali due to Italian age regulations.

Mastour’s ball control and dribbling skills are astounding, highlighted in an internet video of the starlet juggling an orange plus a ping pong ball!

See the video of Mastour juggling here

Mastour likes to showboat off the field, deploying some dazzling tricks which leave defenders in awe. He caresses the ball at speed like Lionel Messi but has blistering acceleration a la Cristiano Ronaldo. His former coach likened him to Wesley Sneijder because of his number 10 role, as the comparisons continue to mount up.

A fee of half a million could prove to be a burden on such a young player. However, it seems with Hachim Mastour everyone is in agreement that AC Milan gained a wonderful footballing genius. Made even sweeter for the Rossonerri, signing Mastour at the expense of Inter.

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