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New Samba stars being chased by Premier League

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Neymar was close to a Premier League move (©GettyImages)
Neymar was close to a Premier League move (©GettyImages).

Premier League teams are being linked with a number of young Brazilian stars this summer – could this mean the most successful international nation is building another great side?

Brazil are now rivalled by Spain in being revered for their style of football, but there is nothing quite like a World Cup when the team with the famous yellow shirts are on song.

This could well be the case when FIFA take the next tournament to South America’s largest country in 2014.

GMF has picked out a handful of the most exciting young players from Brazil that are now being linked with moves to England and the Premier League’s biggest clubs.

Work permit issues have traditionally caused the best young talent from Brazil to move elsewhere in Europe, but current Seleção manager Mano Menezes has been investing a lot of faith in the country’s rising stars in preparation for hosting the world’s biggest football tournament.

This is making it easier for rising talents in the Campeonato Brasileiro to appease UK visa rules and so seal lucrative transfers to the English top flight.

As with many talented footballers in their formative years, it is hard to predict if they will actually come to realise their potential fully or fade away under a barrage of hype and pressure.

Despite this, GMF will put its neck out and say the name chosen are destined for great things – feel free to remind us later on down the line when our predictions inevitably fail to happen.

Anyway, here are the next set Samba superstars being chased by the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur...

Leandro Damiao, Internacional

The tall 22-year-old has been a revelation since breaking into the Internacional first team, which has brought interest in him from the Spurs and Liverpool. The White Hart Lane club were reported to have had a bid turned down last summer, while other reports suggested Manchester United were considering a bid.

Damiao deals in goals, scoring 39 last year and he has taken up where he left off this. In the regional championships Internacional compete in, Damiao scored 11 goals in 14 games and he has already notched three times in five games of the Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A this year.

Lucas Moura, Sao Paulo

Interest has been hotting up over the very talented young attacker in the past few weeks, with Chelsea and Manchester United both reportedly fighting it out for him and the Old Trafford side were apparently close to signing him in a £30million deal.

Lucas is much like a traditional winger in the way he plays; always looking to run past defenders to get to the byline and possessing blistering acceleration, he could well become a real star for Brazil very soon.

Ganso, Santos

Paulo Henrique Chagas de Lima, to give him his full name, ‘Ganso’ means ‘goose’, has impressed since breaking into the first team at the Vila Belmiro. He had to overcome serious injury before making his mark, but has been able to showcase his considerable technical skills since.

Santos confirmed recently that Ganso wanted to leave the club after falling out with the management over their preferential treatment of another young star, Neymar. Arsenal were linked with a move for the attacking midfielder, but rivals Spurs are also said to be tracking him.

Casemiro, Sao Paulo

The 20-year-old is another who has reportedly been interesting Arsene Wenger, though the combative midfielder has stated he is happy to remain at Sao Paulo for the time being.

Technically proficient, Casemiro is a box to box player who has no problems with the physical battles that the Premier League may bring. He also has a proficiency for getting on the end of set pieces and has a strong long range shot.

Oscar, Internacional

Chelsea are reportedly close to signing the youngster that was close to joining QPR in January but for work permit issues. The 20-year-old is most comfortable when acting as a playmaker in the middle of the field and has the ability to play incisive through balls to strikers running past defences.

The Blues are said to be willing to pay £25million for a player that was also reportedly interesting Arsenal and Manchester United.

Neymar, Santos

There is little we don’t know about the new face of Brazilian football now, after a season of spectacular goals and comparisons with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi. Neymar was very close to joining Chelsea last summer, but decided to stay in Brazil and sign a new contract.

The 20-year-old attacker is expected to be a star at Brazil 2014 and has constantly been linked with moves to Barcelona and Real Madrid in Spain. A supremely talented forward, Neymar’s goals and skills have led to him being seen as the next big thing to come out of the country.

He is not only a star in the making; he is going to be a guaranteed superstar.

What do you think of GMF’s choices? Are there any other Brazilian wonderkids we should have included?

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