According to Brazilian publication Noticias do Dia, Manchester United will have to splash the cash to land highly-rated Fluminense midfielder Gerson ahead of rivals Barcelona and Chelsea.
The 17-year-old, who has represented Brazil’s under-20 side, has been touted as the jewel in the crown of Fluminense’s academy in the report, and is said to be on the market for a fee up to €30 million.
Earlier in the year, the talented youngster told Brazilian publication O Dia that while it was his dream to play in Europe, he was happy to focus on his football in Brazil and he would leave his future to his father and agent.
‘’It’s the dream of every player to play in Europe, of course, but I’m focused on Fluminense,’’ Gerson told O Dia. ‘’What comes after I leave for my father and my manager.’’
Barcelona were thought to have gotten their foot in the door regarding a deal for the youngster after the player’s dad was pictured with Neymar at the Spanish club’s training ground, as reported by Globesporte. However, it seems like his signature is still for sale at the right price.
Does Gerson represent good value for money at a €30 million?
Although it would be hard for most club’s to warrant spending the kind of money touted on a teenager, the Brazilian is clearly on another level to other players in his age range and the value certainly reflects that.
The interest from Europe’s biggest clubs certainly makes the race for his signature all the more interesting as none of those mentioned will want to lose out on a player with so much potential.
Nevertheless, the club’s interested should ensure their first team problems are fully catered for before looking to spend such big money on a player who is most likely going to sit in the youth team for a year or two.
In United’s case, the money can and should, definitely be spent better.