Breaking news from Brazil last night claimed that a club from Manchester has bought Palmeiras starlet Gabriel Veron in a deal worth around €50m.
It was Band reporter Fernando Fernandes who brought his information on Instagram, claiming the winger is ‘sold’ to an English side.
He claimed he’ll later reveal if that’s Manchester City or Manchester United, probably making some mystery so people watch him on TV tomorrow.
That would be one of the biggest transfers in Brazilian football ever, so obviously many other journalists went after this story.
Fernandes’ employers Band later wrote an article on that, crediting him for the information, but with slightly different claims. They said Palmeiras deny having a deal and demand €50m, while the clubs would like to pay between €25m and €30m.
And it turns out that two others denied the information. First Jorge Nicola on his live stream on Youtube, then Caio Ribeiro live during Palmeiras’ game on Globo, both claimed they spoke to the club and the player’s agents and heard there wasn’t even an offer.
Nicola adds that according to Veron’s entourage, there had been a past approach from Manchester United, but those talks didn’t have any advance.
Fernando Fernandes is a respected old school journalist who isn’t even a transfer guru, so he wouldn’t be making that much noise for nothing. It’s best to wait until the afternoon in Brazil to see what else he has to say on TV.
Gabriel Veron has been linked to both Manchester City and Manchester United in the past year, and is indeed a youngster who’s shown a lot of potential, as described by us back in December.
However, with him still proving himself at Palmeiras and clubs spending less due to the pandemic crisis, we still think €50m sounds unlikely for the 18-year-old.