5 Brazilian Players Ready for Premier League Moves

By Guest Contributor - 08/02/2017

By Mateus Pinheiro

 

Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus is the latest young Brazilian player to make an impact in the Premier League.

But there are plenty more where he came from who might tempt English clubs to splash out this summer.

Here, we check out five of the best young talents in Brazil.

 

Rodrigo Caio, centre-back, 23


Rodrigo started off as a defensive midfielder and played as one with Brazil’s under-20s.

However, a lack of centre-backs at Sao Paulo led to him adapting to that position. He has improved his defending and is also an aerial threat when attacking.

Pairing up with Marquinhos, he played a big role at the Olympics as Brazil conceded only one goal on their way to winning gold.

Negotiations with Valencia and Vilarreal came to nothing, and Caio could offer a solution to Liverpool’s defensive issues. He can also still play as a defensive midfielder if required.

 

Maycon, centre-midfielder, 19

Maycon de Andrade Barberan is the youngest player on this list but perhaps the most exciting prospect.

The left-footer has all qualities Premier League clubs are looking for when it comes to midfielders. He has a great touch, solid defensive skills and the ability to link defence to attack.

The Corinthians youngster first made his mark at the 2015 and 2016 Copa Sao Paulo. The U-20 competition features hundreds of clubs from across Brazil in a showcase for young talent.

Maycon was named best player of the tournament in 2016.

Brazilian national team boss Tite tested him at the beginning of the year, but older, more experienced players are ahead of him.

He gained valuable game time on loan at Ponte Preta, helping the small club from Campinas to enjoy a decent run of results.

He has also gained caps at U-20 level, and is expected to challenge for a first-team place back at Corinthians.

His contractual value is set at £25m. However, the club’s financial situation means a lower price could be negotiated.

 

Vitor Bueno, midfielder, 23

Bueno began his career at Botafogo-SP but has made a name for himself at Santos, who are renowned for developing young talent.

As soon as he made the first team, everybody knew he was different. Creative and aggressive, the youngster showed no fear when it came to finishing.

The attacking midfielder netted 10 goals and had three assists in 32 games, helping his side to finish second behind Palmeiras.

Tite has his eye on Bueno, who so impressed last season that he was given the number 7 jersey at Santos, last worn by Robinho.

Along with his talents, he displays the cool head needed in the Premier League.

 

Gustavo Scarpa, attacking midfielder, 23


Scarpa is another product of the famed Fluminense academy that has developed players such as Thiago Silva and Marcelo.

He is an old-school Brazilian number 10; a playmaker with great dead ball skills and excellent finishing.

Last season he notched up 14 goals and an amazing 18 assists. Compare that to his eight goals and four assists in the previous campaign.

His stats have already attracted the attention of Turkish giants Fenerbahce, but their approach was rejected.

Scarpa’s qualities would make him a great addition to almost every club in the Premier League.

 

Luan, striker, 23

Luan is probably the most famous name in this list after being linked to Leicester and Liverpool at the start of the season.

Fast, smart and a natural scorer, his amazing skills have already seen him take the award for the best young player in the league.

Luan also delivered at the Olympics last summer, scoring three times as hosts Brazil won gold.

Clubs looking for strikers should be on alert as Luan has all the attributes needed to develop into a star.

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