Manchester City are in pole position to sign another of Brazil’s great young prospects, Corinthians starlet Vitinho.
Victor Gabriel Moura de Oliveira, better known as Vitinho, is a 17-year-old midfielder who is currently representing Brazil at the FIFA U-17 World Cup, and is considered one of the next big talents to emerge in Brazil.
And according to an exclusive report by calciomercato.it, Manchester City lead Serie A side AS Roma in the chase for Vitinho, who has a ‘sliding’ release clause of around €25million (£22.5million).
Famed sporting director Monchi, who joined Roma from Sevilla in the summer, is very interested in landing Vitinho, who is represented by Nick Arcuri and Italian intermediary Giovanni Granito.
However, the information from Italy, most likely via the intermediary, is that Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are at the head of the pack to add another player to their growing Brazilian contingent.
In 2015, it was reported in Brazil that Manchester City had acquired a first option clause on Vitinho for when he turns 18. At the time, he was 15 and spent 10 days training with the youth team in Manchester.
The last time City imported a player directly from Brazil, they snatched Gabriel Jesus from Palmeiras for a bargain £27million, and Vitinho, who turns 18 in January, could soon follow him to the Etihad Stadium.
Check out Vitinho in action for Brazil against Paraguay earlier this year: