The 'next Luis Fabiano' who was on Manchester United's radar could be about to join and potentially replace the real thing.
Manchester United had been eyeing much touted future superstar Bruno Gomes over Sir Alex Ferguson's final seasons.
The teenager had even met the Scotsman and Wayne Rooney on a visit to Old Trafford, and earlier in 2013 it was claimed he along with two young compatriots could join United on their pre-season tour.
With the change in hierarchy at the club over the summer, that did not materialise and it appears clear the Red Devils are no longer seeking to sign the teenager from Desportivo Brasil and utilising their first option on the striker.
Gomes hit the headlines earlier in 2013 after scoring a phenomenal seven goals in one game, and his 28 goals in Brazil's under-17 league was a national record.
In recent days he has been linked with a move to Italian side Udinese as his search for a professional deal picks up, and it is now reported by Brazilian outlet Lancenet that he is in negotiations with Sao Paulo.
It is reported that Gomes is 'all set for a future contract' with the club, with negotiations ongoing between Sao Paulo and Desportivo Brasil.
Any deal is likely to involve part-ownership, and there are presently differences with Sao Paulo wanting at least 50 per cent of his economic rights for a future sale, although Desportivo want to retain a majority.
Perhaps the most fascinating part of a switch to Sao Paulo would be the fact he would play alongside, or at least train alongside former Brazilian international Luis Fabiano, a player he has previously been compared to.
He would also join World Cup winner Lucio, and former Arsenal midfielder Denilson at the club.
He has a long way to go to establish himself as a world class star, or even a top one in his own country - but where Sao Paulo are being bold and taking a chance, Manchester United may well live to regret not doing so.
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