Juventus have called up 16-year-old striker Moise Kean for the match with Udinese, nicknamed ‘Juve’s Mario Balotelli.’
Like Balo, Kean was born and raised in Italy, though his roots are in the Ivory Coast.
He also shares an agent with Balotelli, namely Mino Raiola, who also represents 17-year-old Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Max Allegri has added Kean to the senior squad list for Juve’s Serie A meeting with Udinese on Saturday night.
It is the first time he has been called up and, if he makes his debut, will be the first player born in 2000 to feature in the top flight.
Kean is in his home town, as he was born and raised in Vercelli – near Turin – and started in the Torino academy before moving to Juventus.
This season he has scored five goals in five competitive games for the Primavera youth team, including two in the UEFA Youth League.
Despite only being 16, he has already moved up to the Under-19 Primavera side.
Kean also plays for Italy at various youth levels and has been called up for the Under-17 side.
Because of his tender age, Kean cannot be legally signed up to a professional contract yet, but Raiola is in negotiations with Juve to secure his long-term future.