Brighton and Hove Albion January signing Valentin Barco has been handed a huge reward for his rapid rise, with a call-up to the senior Argentina set up.

Journalist Cesar Luis Merlo covers the player today and how an injury to Marcos Acuna has handed the Brighton man his chance to impress manager Lionel Scaloni.

Barco only joined Brighton in the January transfer window, arriving in a €9.15m deal from Boca Juniors after the Seagulls activated his release clause.

They had been chasing his signature since the summer but had been unable to strike a deal with Boca for a transfer to take place and so ultimately paid his release clause to bring him to England instead.

It was the latest step up in what’s been a rapid rise for the youngster, who has quickly worked his way up the ranks at Boca since last year and into the Argentine set up.

He’s featured for his country at U15, U20 and U23 level and has now been called up for the senior side’s clashes with El Salvador and Costa Rica in the next international break.

Merlo reports that Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni has made the decision to include the Brighton man due to Marcos Acuna’s latest injury, with the 32-year-old currently suffering from a hip issue.

That’s ended up benefitting Barco, who could now be set to make his step into senior international football, with the full list of selected players available below courtesy of Varsky Sports.