Manchester City look to raid South America again with move for Brazil U20 defender – report

Manchester City continue to be linked with some of Brazil’s finest young talent, a sign of how well entrenched the City Football Group’s scouting network is in the area now, with former Barcelona man Joan Patsy at the helm.

After recent links to São Paulo defender Éder Militão, Vasco da Gama sensation Paulinho, and three of Palmeiras’ young jewels – Luan, Fernando and Henri – another name has surfaced.

According to the Mirror, Lucas Halter, a 17-year-old centre-back who plays his club football for Atlético Paranaense, is attracting serious interest from Pep Guardiola and Manchester City could soon move for the teenager.

Already considered one of Brazil’s best young defenders, Halter has received a call-up to Brazil’s under-20 squad in the past week, showing how quickly he is developing.

City could face competition for the 6’2″ tall defender however, with both La Liga side Atletico Madrid and Italian club Roma also interested in acquiring him.

The Mirror states that Halter, who captains Paranaense’s youth team, is earning rave reviews for his composure, aerial presence and ability to bring the ball out of defence.

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