Brazilian players are always rated high and that explained why clubs do go for them, and with the Belo Horizonte Youth Cup starting this week, Clubs have sent scouts to discover new talents.
The Belo Horizonte Youth Cup a yearly competition for the U17s in Brazil, started in 1985 and it has produced great players like Rivaldo, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Neymar
According to Brazilian media outlet O Tempo, Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City have sent their scouts to this year’s edition of the competition.
One of the talents discovered from last year edition was Flamengo forward Vinicius Junior whose impressive performances capped with six goals earned him a £40 million move to Spanish giants Real Madrid. Manchester City’s Jesus Gabriel is also another talent to have emerged from the competition and joined the club for £27 million last January.
However, clubs from the Premier League may find it difficult to sign the young Brazilian players as the Brazilian clubs prefer retaining them.
Cruzeiro director Eduardo Freeland said :“This is a good fight, because the clubs have their catchment departments very structured”
“We are starting work in the sense that it is not allowed to lose players of our region to other clubs of Brazil.”
“If we can get the athlete near his home, he’ll be able to do what he’s going to do in the future.”
Arsenal and Manchester United are keen to bolster their academy and will want to make good of the event to snap up promising prospects.
Meanwhile Arsenal and Man United have added a striker and a defender to their teams in this transfer window but they are poised to add more.