Manchester City are likely to sign Ghanaian teenage sensation Frank â€˜Messiâ€™ Acheampong after the clubâ€™s Arabian owner invited him for trials.
Sheikh Mansour, who owns the English side, personally invited the youngster to his base in Dubai to be observed by Al-Jazeera, the other club he owns.
Acheampong, who plays for Ghanaian side Berekum Chelsea, was handed the instant invite by Sheikh Mansour after watching videos of Messi in action for the Ghana youth side.
The hugely-talented Acheampong will spend two weeks at Al Jazeera before they decide whether to send him directly to Manchester City.
â€œThe owner of Manchester City watched his videos and want to be sure if heâ€™s the one gifted with the footballing skills and technique,â€ Berekum Chelsea president Emmanuel Kyeremeh told Ghanasoccernet.com
â€œFor now we canâ€™t say what will happen and which club he will be signed to play.â€
The youngster has wowed fans with his skills as well as scoring which drew comparison with the Argentine star Messi, who plays for Barcelona.
Getting an EnglishÂ work permitÂ could be difficult for the Ghanaian Messi which means he could be signed and loaned out to a Belgian club.
He could also be signed by Al Jazeera and allowed to stay there until he is eligible for aÂ work permitÂ to play in England.
Italian side Udinese have already offered Messi the opportunity to play for them but Berekum Chelsea are said to be unhappy over the terms of the contract.
Acheampong is a member of Ghanaâ€™s Under-20 team which has qualified for next yearâ€™s African Youth Championship in Libya