Palmeiras expect to earn ‘at least’ £85 million by selling homegrown talents such as Patrick de Paula and Gabriel Menino amid interest from Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur, director Edu Dracena told IG Sport.
With even the biggest clubs in Brazil counting the cost of an ongoing financial crisis, Palmeiras have a couple of hugely promising youngsters in their ranks; including two Premier League targets who would earn the Verdao a pretty penny in the transfer market.
According to UOL, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side scouted De Paula during January’s Copa Libertadores final victory over Santos.
An athletic, technically-gifted, box-to-box enforcer, the Rio-born 21-year-old looks every inch a long-term successor for Fernandinho as the Etihad legend prepares to follow Sergio Aguero out the door.
Sky, meanwhile, believe that Jose Mourinho’s Spurs are looking at Menino, another intelligent, energetic and adaptable central midfielder who has been likened to Yaya Toure over in Brazil.
Mundo Deportivo add that Palmeiras are ‘determined’ to sell Menino in order to ease their financial concerns.
The 20-year-old has a £50 million release clause in his contract but is apparently available for much less than that.
“Palmeiras, a few years ago, changed its philosophy,” explained Edu Dracena.
“We gave opportunities to the boys from the youth team and I believe that, in them alone, Palmeiras will earn 100 million euros (£85 million) at least.”
Palmeiras are not just open to offers for their promising midfield duo, they are actively encouraging them.