Manchester United in pole position to land £30m-rated Gabriel Barbosa

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Not even three months into his Manchester United reign and Jose Mourinho is already lining up his fifth blockbuster signing as manager.

Since penning a four-year contract at Old Trafford on May 27, the former Chelsea boss has signed Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba for a collective total of £156 million - the most in the Premier League.

Some - well, most - believed Mourinho's summer of spending would stop after securing Pogba for a world-record £89 million, but that's far from the case.


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So motivated is the Portuguese to build upon his side's recent Community Shield win that he is set to surpass the £180 million spending mark.

On this occasion, though, Mourinho is looking towards the future.

Accordig to The Sun, United are in pole position to land Brazilian wonderkid Gabriel Barbosa for an eye-watering £30 million.

Barbosa is a relatively unknown quantity amongst fans but following a remarkable rise to prominence at the Rio 2016 Olympics, his name is spreading like wildfire.

Leicester City were once favourites to sign the highly-rated 19-year-old after fending off a number of European giants in the race, but they now look set to miss out.

It's believed Barbosa's club, Santos, have accepted a £26 million offer from the Red Devils, with an additional £4 million in commission due to be pocketed by the youngster's agent.

That's the price you pay for a player dubbed the 'new Neymar'.

Winning the race to sign Barbosa will be made even sweeter for Mourinho after Chelsea also expressed an interest in signing him.

The £30 million-rated striker is regarded as the perfect back-up to 34-year-old Ibrahimovic at the Theatre of Dreams and could complete a move within 48 hours.

However, Barbosa's agent has made clear his future won't be decided until after the Olympics, despite the sheer amount of offers on the table.

He said, per the Guardian: "Inter's is the third official offer that Santos have received for Gabigol. For now we want to leave Gabriel in peace.

"When the Olympics finish - with the gold medal, God willing - we will sit round the table and resolve his future. We are calm.

"When the Olympics finish I will sit down with Gabriel and his family and decide his future."

Brazil face Honduras in the semi-finals on Wednesday.

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