Brighton and Hove Albion may be eyeing up their next South American capture as they rising Argentine starlet Agustín Ruberto.

That’s according to Marca, who say Brighton ‘have already asked about him’ as he continues to shine for Argentina’s U17’s at the World Cup.

The newspaper cover the player today and how he is shining alongside teammate Claudio Echeverri, who is being likened to Lionel Messi.

Only 12 days separate the duo, but Ruberto is ‘having a great World Cup’ of his own, sitting as the joint top goal scorer in the tournament with five goals.

He and Echeverri have accounted for 60% of Argentina’s goals in total so far and that’s got clubs looking at him, including Brighton. According to Marca they’ve already asked about the player and a potential transfer from River Plate.

Whether they’d be willing to sell the youngster is another matter, with his performances in the World Cup surely making them think a debut in the first team shouldn’t be far off for the 17-year-old.

Brighton do have a strong history of signing players from South America at this point, though, and enjoying success with them.

In terms of Argentina specifically, there is the case of Alexis MacAllister, who was brought in from Argentina before establishing himself as a Premier League star and moving to Liverpool this summer after winning the World Cup as a key player for Argentina.

That, and the plethora of other talent acquired from the continent in recent years shows they know what they’re doing, and it seems Ruberto could be the next man in their sights.