Manchester City’s expansive scouting network continues to scour the globe for tomorrow’s superstars, and it’s well known that South America is a hotbed of young talent.
The finest example of City’s recruitment from South America is undoubtedly Gabriel Jesus, who cost a bargain £27million when signed from Palmeiras two years ago.
And according to a new report from Brazil, City are going back to Jesus’ former club to try and secure options on three of their best young talents.
It is claimed by Gazeta Esportiva that City have been trying to negotiate first options, valid until 2022, on teenagers Luan, Fernando and Henri.
Luan, 17, is primarily a left-back and was part of the Brazilian national team at the most recent U-17 World Cup. He is under contract with Palmeiras until September 2020.
Fernando, 19, arrived at Palmeiras from AMDH, a social project in Minas Gerais. After training with the senior team for a long period this year, he returned to the under-20s. With a contract until 2022, he is treated as one of the club’s biggest prospects and has already made his first team debut.
Henri, 16, is a defender and the least known and youngest of the trio, but perhaps the most exciting having captained Palmeiras and Brazil at under-15 level.
If City are successful with their negotiations, they will have priority on the trio for the next four years and could import them to Europe, most likely to develop at one of the City Football Group partner clubs.
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