Barcelona have reached an agreement with Fluminense midfielder Gerson and hope to complete a deal for the Brazil Under-20 international next summer.
This is according to Barcelona-based newspaper Sport, who understand the Catalan giants reached an agreement with the player’s father, Marco Antonio Silva, after sending officials to Rio de Janeiro to wrap up the deal this week.
Gerson, who turned 18 in May, caught the eye of Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus at the 2015 South American Youth Championship - but Barcelona appear to have won the race for the gifted midfielder who has been dubbed the ‘Brazilian Paul Pogba’.
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The report adds that Barcelona paid €3.2 million to secure the rights of three Fluminense starlets, one of which was Gerson, the player top of the European champions’ hit-list.
They also had first refusal on central defender Marlon and striker Kenedy, who is poised to complete a €10 million move to Chelsea.
Despite interest from other top European clubs, it’s understood Gerson only wanted to join Barcelona.
However, the young Brazilian is taking a risk by joining Luis Enrique’s star-studded squad, with competition for first-team places arguably more intense at the Camp Nou than anywhere else in Europe.
And that competition will only increase once Barcelona bring in the real Paul Pogba from Juventus next summer.
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