Did you know that.. the new Al-Ain player was a target for Barcelona and Real Madrid

Despite his young age, Matthias Palacios, the star midfielder, managed to capture the attention of the world’s biggest clubs.

The Argentine player had recently signed a contract with Al-Ain (the frontrunner) of the Swiss club Basel.

He compares Palacios to his compatriot Juan Riquelme, who had adorned the Argentine shirts of Boca Juniors, Barcelona and Villarreal before his retirement in 2015.

Press releases dating back to 2020, i.e. the period when Palacios was a player at Argentine club San Lorenzo, confirm that Barcelona and Real Madrid, the two poles of Spanish football, are following him.

And the sports website “One Football” asked Palacios about the interest of the two giant clubs in his services, and the 20-year-old replied: “Yes, I would like to play in one of them … It’s great that they are in interested me.”

In 2021, Palacios moved to Swiss club Basel in a deal that specialist club Transfermarkt estimated at 8 million euros.

It is worth noting that the player won the South American championships for the under-15 and under-17 teams with his country, Argentina.