Liverpool, Man Utd eye Brazil teenager whose sale could break records

Date published: Friday 15th January 2021 8:35 - Jonny Whitfield

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Liverpool and Manchester United are among 17 clubs keeping tabs on Flamengo midfielder Daniel Cabral, according to a report.

YouTube channel Flazoeiro (via Sport Witness) claims that the 18-year-old has attracted attention from clubs across the world.

But while there are several European giants in the early race, top English clubs are also keen.

As well as Liverpool and United, Chelsea and Manchester City have registered their initial interest.

Indeed, the report insists that the clubs keen on Cabral have so far only made tentative approaches over his signing.

Nevertheless, when the time comes, Flazoeiro expects his sale to top Vinicius Junior’s exit fee from Flamengo.

Vinicius joined Real Madrid for €45million (£38.7million) in the summer of 2018. But the report has said that Flamengo are ready to see their next teenage superstar leave for an even bigger fee – the biggest in the club’s history.

Cabral currently operates in Flamengo’s Under-20 ranks but has taken initial forays into the first team.

He made an appearance on the bench for a league game in October while playing 23 minutes in a Copa do Brasil clash with Atletico Paranense in October.

However, Cabral has already made significant strides on the international stage.

The teenager made his debut for his country’s Under-20s in an international friendly with Peru in December.

Before that, though, the defensive midfielder featured in every game as Brazil’s Under-17s won their fourth World Cup title in 2019. In fact, he only missed three minutes of that tournament.

It remains unclear whether – and if so when – the Premier League clubs will advance their interest. However, his progress will be closely monitored by clubs across Europe.

Cabral’s compatriot talks Man Utd challenge

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Elsewhere, Liverpool’s Brazilian midfielder Fabinho has opened up on United‘s rise to the top of the Premier League table.

The Red Devils moved three points clear of the reigning champions on Tuesday ahead of Sunday’s mouthwatering clash between the sides on Sunday.

But Brazil international Fabinho has insisted that Liverpool’s focus is not solely on their arch rivals.

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