Over the past year, we’ve covered the future of Flamengo starlet Reinier twice: once last April when Liverpool were allegedly ‘initiating’ talks to sign the youngster, and a second time earlier this month, when the Reds were reported as still being keen on his talent.
What we haven’t had as of yet is Manchester City being linked (the Globoesporte article from December never mentioned them despite what certain members of the British media would have you believe), but Gazzetta dello Sport kindly remedied that on Friday morning.
With Milan high on their success of plucking Lucas Paqueta from the Brazilian Serie A and reaping the benefits so far, Leonardo has cast his eye over his home country once again.
The three main names that emerge are Everton Sousa Soares, Fabricio Oya and the aforementioned Reinier.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, two other clubs are currently following the 17-year-old on top of Milan, and those are Real Madrid and Manchester City.
With a release clause of €70m in his current contract in Brazil, Flamengo know things are fairly safe for the time being, but considering Real Madrid recently bought Vinicius Jr from the very same club and the Cityzens’ success story with signing Gabriel Jesus from Brazil and integrating him in the Premier League, things could change down the line.
While all this makes some sense, there’s also the possibility that Gazzetta simply saw the links with Manchester City in December and chucked them in Friday’s article for good measure.
However, the fact Juventus were actually mentioned in the Globoesporte article but aren’t included here means we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt.
After all, what would be better for clicks and sales than a Serie A battle for the next big Brazilian thing?