Manchester City are attempting to muscle in on Manchester United's move for Brazilian wonderkid Bruno Gomes, according to Sports Direct News.

The 17-year-old striker - who currently plays for South American youth team Desportivo Brasil - has been heavily linked with a move to England, with suggestions he'll sign a contract with the Premier League champions on his 18th birthday next year.

Sir Alex Ferguson invited the talented teenager to Old Trafford in 2012, where he was able to meet his idol Wayne Rooney, with Manchester United continuing to nurture their working relationship with the Brazilian club.

Gomes is rated very highly after scoring 27 goals in 2012 - and hit the headlines again when he netted seven in one game last month.

Manchester United fans have been monitoring the player's progress for some time, and have even interacted with him on social media site Twitter.

"My friends, I dream of wearing a red shirt since 2011, of course I want to make history as 1st Brazilian top score of the premier league!!!" he tweeted on Thursday.

However, following Ferguson's retirement Gomes admitted that he did not know whether Manchester United would still move to secure his services, in light of the appointment of David Moyes.

"My friends with the changes in the club, still do not know if I will sign with the Reds, let's wait! Thanks for your love for me!!!"

That uncertainty has paved way for local rivals Manchester City to hijack the bid for Gomes, with scouts from the Etihad Stadium having also monitored his progress closely in Brazil.




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