Real Madrid have attempted to steal a march on arch-rivals Barcelona by signing a seven-year old Argentine named Leo.
Leonel Angel Coira was reported by Argentinian sports daily Ole to be the youngest ever signing by Madrid, although the club denied this. He will begin training with his new side on September 6, although it may be a few years before he's ready for first-team action.
In a move that may not please ardent Real fans, Coira told Ole that his idol was Barcelona striker Lionel Messi and that he preferred to make an assist than to score a goal himself.
Atletico Madrid were rumoured to be interested in the youngster, but Real pounced to complete the deal with his father, who said: ''It looks good when I say it because I'm the father, but I'm excited to see how he plays with the ball.''