Manchester United are reportedly interested in a move for Palmeiras winger Gabriel Veron.
The 19-year-old Brazilian is seen as one of the rising stars in South America and The Mirror claims United scouts have been raving about him.
The report, co-written by Tom Hopkinson and Jonty Colman, states: “United are understood to be considering sending Veron straight out on loan if they do sign him, with Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon one potential destination. The player’s contract with Palmeiras still has four years to run.”
Palmeiras snapped him up in 2017 from local non-league side Santa Cruz de Natal and he went on to score nine goals in the U17 Club World Cup in 2018, including one in their 4-2 final win over Real Madrid.
At international level, Veron currently plays for Brazil U20s, but a move to one of Europe’s big clubs could see him push for a call up to the senior squad.
United have also been heavily linked with a move for Ajax star Antony, who looks like Erik ten Hag’s priority forward target.
Veron has been identified as a versatile forward or, in other words, a winger that can play across the front three.
With 13 goals in 92 senior performances for Palmeiras, I don’t think anyone reading this should be expecting him to come in next season and become an instant hit, but he may be a player scouts think can be developed into something special. A club like United should be willing to spend £10-15m on several players with potential as they look to build a team for the future under Ten Hag.
Moving to United would be a gigantic step up for a 17-year-old, but maybe that’s why the club are keen to send him out on loan, and where better to do that than Portugal where clubs like FC Porto and Sporting Lisbon provide a brilliant platform for South American players moving to Europe?
We’ll keep our eyes on this one because it would be encouraging to see United return to the South American market. I reckon Julian Alvarez, who signed for Manchester City in January, is going to be a really good player and he didn’t cost much. Perhaps that was another missed opportunity.