AC Milan warned Argentine starlet Barco will cost €20m

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The 18-year-old has attracted a lot of attention this season and links to the Serie A side have prompted Independiente to reveal their asking price

AC Milan have been told that they will have to pay close to €20 million to sign 18-year-old midfielder Ezequiel Barco.

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The Italian side have been linked to the Independiente youth graduate, who has featured regularly for them this season, with Argentine press reporting the Serie A side scouted him recently.

However, Milan are one of many teams said to be tracking Barco and Independiente's general manager, Hector Maldonado, says the bright prospect will cost any suitors a hefty price.

"He has great talent, and is a player who matters a lot for the present and future of Independiente," he told Calciomercato. "We believe he can become a champion, he is a technical player and very quick.

"We heard about the possible interest of AC Milan but nobody contacted us. It's possible they watched him, but we have had no direct confirmation.

"If Milan want Barco, it is better to talk about it through the clubs or through intermediaries. However, I don't think it is so simple to get him away from Independiente. He costs a lot - more than €15m. We say it's closer to €20m."

The diminutive attacking midfielder has scored one goal in 12 Primera Division games this term and is contracted to the club until June 2019.

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