Barcelona have reportedly stolen a march on Liverpool and Atletico Madrid in the race to sign Sao Paulo youngster Gustavo Maia.
The 19-year-old winger is yet to feature for the first-team of the Brazilian giants but despite that, he is still attracting attention from some of Europe’s top clubs.
But according to Marca, via The Boot Room, it is Barca who are closing in on a deal for the youngster after putting down a £900,000 payment to secure his services.
The Catalan giants will need to pay another £3.2 million before July 30 to secure Maia’s services, however.
Respected Barcelona scout Nilson Moura is said to have been hugely impressed with Maia when watching the teenager in action, highlighting his lethal right foot and his ability to beat players as his strongest assets.
It’s not all bad news for the Reds, however, who look like they could land Valencia wonderkid Ferran Torres on a free transfer from under Barcelona’s noses.
The right-sided attacker has become one of the most sought-after youngsters in European football after his emergence onto the first-team scene at the Mestalla.
Despite only turning 20 last month, Torres has already made over 60 senior appearances for Valencia since first breaking into the team in 2017.
He is also a regular for Spain’s Under-21 side and there are high hopes that will flourish for the senior side in the immediate future. Read more…