This is the time of the year when European clubs get linked to Brazilian youngsters who’ve been shining in the traditional Copa São Paulo tournament.
For the past week, we’ve already seen Manchester City being said to be chasing Palmeiras wonderkid Endrick, who at only 15, is impressing in an U20 competition.
Now it’s time for Pep Guardiola’s side to be linked to another teenager, and that’s Flamengo’s Matheus França.
It’s Bolavip who features a report on this interest today, and they bring a quite strong headline about it, claiming Manchester City are preparing a ‘truckload of money’ to sign the 17-year-old.
It’s said the Premier League side have already spoken to people close to the player, and as they like ‘talents of this profile’, they ‘will not measure efforts’ to guarantee his signing.
Bolavip points out that Manchester City should have a heavy competitor for the midfielder, which is Real Madrid, as everal reports have been claiming the La Liga side have an eye on the youngster as well.
It’s said Flamengo know it’ll be hard to keep França. However, since the player won’t force a way out and is also protected by a €100m release clause, it’s fair to say there’s no reason to panic just yet.
As we always point out, the Copa São Paulo attracts scouts from all over the world to watch Brazil’s latest talents. So it’s no surprise that European sides get impressed with some teenagers, but few of those approaches result in actual bids, so this is one more case of we’ll have to wait and see.