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Santos president confirms Premier League interest in Olympic stars

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24/7

You would be forgiven for assuming that Manchester United had finished their summer spending after splashing out over £90 million to bring Paul Pogba back to Old Trafford.

But it would appear you are mistaken and the club's officials have already held talks with Brazilian club Santos over the possibility of signing two of their young starlets.

Santos' president, Modesto Roma, confirmed to Goal that meetings had taken place with United, Chelsea and Atletico Madrid recently and despite insisting no deals were struck out, it is thought Gabriel Barbosa and Thiago Maia were the topics of conversation.

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The duo are currently both competing for the host nation at the Rio Olympics and Roma was adamant they were still Santos players after the initial discussions.

"We had productive conversations," Roma said.

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"We didn't come to buy or sell players, neither in London or Madrid. We came to build up relationships. There weren't offers, but we did talk about partnerships. I talked to Manchester United, Chelsea and Atletico Madrid."

Barbosa, better known as Gabigol, is one name which has been thrown around the tabloids this summer and is widely expected to make a move to Europe at some point this month, with a host of clubs chasing his signature.

Offers from Italy for Gabigol have reportedly been made by Juventus and Inter but a move to England could still be on the cards.

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Premier League champions Leicester are also said to be interested in making a move for the 19-year-old, but given the rediscovered pulling power of the Red Devils in recent times, Ed Woodward and Co. will feel confident of outbidding any rival.

Meanwhile, Chelsea have been interested in Maia for a while now and made an initial approach for the midfielder in July. Despite the recent addition of N'Golo Kante, the Blues are still keen on making an offer but only bids north of €20 million are likely to be considered.

Gabigol found the scoresheet twice as Brazil progressed to the last eight of the men's tournament with a 4-0 win over Denmark last night.

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