Schalke Sign Striker Nicolás Mezquida

Schalke have completed the signing of young Uruguayan forward Nicolás Mezquida today, but the player will not actually move to the German side until the end of 2009...
Bundesliga outfit, Schalke, have today signed young Uruguayan striker Nicolás Mezquida from Peñarol.

The club has confirmed the deal of the 17-year-old forward, but he will not move until the end of 2009.

Mezquida follows in the footsteps of other Uruguayan talents, such as Luis Suárez, Martin Cáceres and Edison Cavani, in making his move to Europe.

Like some of those above, Mezquida has impressed with the Under-17 national side, and is yet another example of a young player getting snapped up early by a big European club.

The deal will cost Schalke €2 million but it is reported that they will pay €100,000 now to assure the deal goes through.

Mezquida has recently been promoted to the Peñarol first team, who will be playing in the first phases of the Copa Libertadores.

The young striker will join other South American players at Schalke, assuming they are there at the end of the year, such as Marcelo Bordon and Rafinha.

There are also two Uruguayan players with the German side already, Carlos Grossmuller and Vicente Sánchez, both of whom should make the youngster feel welcome.

James Walker-Roberts,