Chelsea and Manchester United are locked in a transfer battle for an Argentinian wonderkid aged just EIGHT years old.

Real Madrid, Barcelona, Milan and Atletico Madrid are also watching developments on the youngster destined to be the next Lionel Messi.

Claudio Gabriel Nancufil, nicknamed Snow Messi, plays for a junior club in Bariloche, Argentina, which is on the foothills of the Andes.

Nancufil has amazing dribbling skills and control, is left footed and is also very small for his age to further the Messi comparison.

His family have already got an agency, Sueno Comunicaciones, to broker a move to Europe with all of the big clubs vying for his services.

The BBC are planning to feature him in a forthcoming documentary about Messi and Diego Maradona. They hope to tie up a deal before Christmas.