The father of highly-rated Fluminense midfielder Gerson has confirmed his son will sign for Barcelona when the Catalan giants’ transfer ban expires in January.
It was reported earlier this month, by Spanish newspaper Sport, that Barça had reached an agreement with the 18-year-old after sending officials to Rio de Janeiro to wrap up the deal.
Gerson’s father Marcos Antonio da Silva, who is also his agent, negotiated the deal on behalf of his son - and has now informed Mundo Deportivo that the transfer will go ahead in the New Year.
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"Gerson will arrive in Barcelona in January," Da Silva was quoted as telling Mundo Deportivo by ESPN.
"Gerson will stay here at Fluminense and, in January, will play at Barcelona. We appreciate the interest from other clubs, as it's a sign my son is doing well, but our decision is made. Gerson wants Barcelona. It's his dream."
The 'Brazilian Paul Pogba'
Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus were all reportedly interested in signing Gerson, who has been dubbed the ‘Brazilian Paul Pogba’ in his home country.
Strong, quick and two-footed, Gerson appears to have an extremely bright future ahead of him and Barcelona will be delighted to have secured the services of a potential superstar.
The reigning European champions reportedly paid €3.2 million to secure first refusal on Gerson and two of his Fluminense teammates: defender Marlon and the Chelsea-bound striker Kenedy.
It looks to have been an inspired decision, with Gerson currently flourishing in Brazil and enhancing his burgeoning reputation after each match he plays.
Gerson is 'ready' for Barcelona
"Gerson is ready to make the jump into Barcelona's first team,” the player’s father continued, “he's in no hurry, but he still needs to improve many things and has to demonstrate his qualities on the field, but there isn't a better place in Europe to grow and stand out.”
ESPN Brasil have been informed by the Fluminense hierarchy that Barcelona could end up paying up to €30 million for Gerson, while Da Silva added: "There is still not a done deal. But Fluminense, the player and Barcelona will benefit.”
Competition at the Camp Nou
The biggest problem Gerson will face after joining Barcelona is the intense competition for a place in Luis Enrique’s first team.
As well as Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, Ivan Rakitic and Sergi Roberto, Gerson will face additional competition from Barcelona’s two summer signings Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal, who will debut for their new employers in January.
Furthermore, it’s believed that Barcelona have struck a deal to sign Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba next summer.
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