With Manchester City being recently linked to two Brazilian youngsters, journalist Jorge Nicola has spoken to a source from the club to know more about the stories.
The first one is Éder Militão, the São Paulo right-back whose rumours we’ve been covering in the past week.
When the rumours from England suggested Manchester City would bid £20m for the player, we pointed out that it made no sense, especially because the player is running out of contract in January. And that’s exactly what the club source told Nicola.
The journalist was able to confirm the interest from Pep Guardiola in the player, even though it was claimed that “it would not make any sense to pay R$96m, as it was said in the article”.
The reason why São Paulo is having a hard time to sign Militão is exactly due to the Manchester City interest. The player and his agent would be more interested in signing as a free agent, so he would make more money with a signing-on-fee.
The other youngster who City would be after is Vasco’s Paulinho. The 17-year-old is undoubtely one of Brazil’s biggest talents right now, and is frequently compared to the Flamengo wonderkid Vinicius Junior, who has been sold to Real Madrid in a €45m deal.
Although rumours from England have been linking Manchester City to Paulinho, the club source didn’t confirm the interest when speaking to Nicola.
What the journalist points out is that Paulinho’s agent, Carlos Leite, has a good relationship with Manchester City. He’s also the representative of Douglas Luiz, who made the move from Vasco last year. That would help in case the Premier League champions show interest in the wonderkid as well.