The 16-year-old playmaker is reportedly being courted by many European powerhouses, with Manchester United being one of them, according to today’s issue of Mundo Deportivo.
According to the Catalan media outlet, Barcelona wants to sign the young phenom from Palmeiras but is having financial issues because of Financial Fair Play regulations.
In an effort to take advantage of the situation at the Nou Camp, teams like Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, and Paris Saint-Germain are “bidding hard” for Messinho.
The young Brazilian’s goal is to play for the team that his idol, former Barcelona player Lionel Messi, played for.
Mundo Deportivo claims that the Blaugrana’s “delicate economic situation” is the primary cause of their inability to complete his deal.
According to the Spanish source, Messinho’s current contract with the South American squad has a £52 million (60 million euros) release clause that Barca cannot afford to pay.
In November of last year, he took part in five Brazil U-17 FIFA World Cup matches, finishing with three goals and as many assists.
It makes sense that some of the best teams in Europe would want to sign him before competitors do.
Barca is aware that Messinho wants to play for them and is still confident of landing him, but if Man United makes the deal the Brazilian team is asking for, they might grab Messinho from Barca.
Although Man United hasn’t been able to sign the world’s top young players in the past, they might succeed this time around in acquiring one of the most promising possibilities.