Manchester City are one of several clubs interested in Palmeiras youngster Gabriel Veron, with a host of European clubs keen on his signature.
That’s according to Calciomercato.it, who say City are among several Champions League sides to have all taken an interest in the 18-year-old.
They report that Veron, who recently signed his first professional contract and bagged his first goal in the Copa Libertadores, is considered ‘as one of the best’ at the Brazilian club.
This season he has four goals and one assist in 17 goals in all competitions, with his overall tally for Palmeiras standing at six goals and two assists in 20 games, although he’s yet to accumulate 1000 minutes of playing time.
That form has seemingly caught the eye in Europe, with Juventus, Milan and Roma all having had their eye on him for the last year after he caught their eye during the Under 17 World Cup.
They are not the only ones who have him on their radar, though, with Manchester City also named as interested parties alongside Spanish duo Barcelona and Sevilla and French sides Rennes and Sevilla.
So far none from that list have made a firm bid or opened ‘official negotiations’ but Palmeiras ‘leadership’ have confirmed their interest and ‘polls’ regarding the young forward.
According to Calciomercato, the ‘basic idea’ for the Italian teams is to ‘make an attempt’ at some point, with an idea to him arriving next summer.
Whether that is also the plan for Manchester City and the other isn’t mentioned but should they do so, they will likely have to pay big.
Veron’s contract contains a €60m release clause and runs until 2025, meaning the power is very much in Palmeiras’ hands should the European sides come calling for their prized asset.