Manchester United have made an approach for Fluminense midfielder Matheus Martinelli, according to reports from the Brazilian media.

Globo Esporte writes that contacts from the Red Devils were made by club scouts who’ve been following his development at the Rio de Janeiro side.

These first talks were reportedly made with the player’s staff in order to gather more information on his situation at Fluminense and the possibility of a future move.

The story is mainly about the fact that Martinelli is finally getting the chance to play the first Copa Libertadores in his career, which means his potential will get a lot more attention from now on.

Appearing in the competition also makes a work permit easier.

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Globo Esporte writes that Martinelli is protected by a release clause of €40m. There’s still no information on how much the Premier League giants are willing to pay for him, since there’s been no sign of an official bid or even contacts with Fluminense so far.

Even though his agents didn’t want to comment on the situation, it’s claimed that the player isn’t thinking of a transfer so soon. The 19-year-old wishes to play for the Rio de Janeiro side a little more before moving to Europe.

It’s pointed out that English sides are probably keeping an eye on Fluminense after the likes of Richarlison, João Pedro and Kayky were all signed by Premier League clubs lately.