Pietro Pellegri has become the second most expensive 16-year-old in history after completing his move from Geona to Monaco for an initial €20m (£17.1m).
Pellegri, who became the first player born in 2001 to score a goal in Serie A in May, had previously been linked with a move to Juventus, Arsenal and Manchester United but will join the Ligue 1 club instead for a fee that has only been exceeded by the £39.6m Real Madrid paid to sign the Brazilian Vinícius Júnior from Flamengo last year.
“I am very happy to join Monaco,” Pellegri said. “I was very quickly convinced of the project that allows young people like me to progress and flourish in the future.”
Pellegri became the joint-youngest player to play in Serie A when he made his debut in December 2016 at the age of 15 years and 280 days and in May made history with his first goal against AS Roma. In September he became the youngest player to score twice in a Serie A match when he was on target in the 3-2 home defeat by Lazio.