Man Utd target two 17-year-old Brazilian wonderkids

Manchester United manager Erik Ten Hag
Manchester United manager Erik Ten Hag. Photo by Shutterstock.

Manchester United are reportedly setting their sights on a duo of 17-year-old Brazilian prodigies in a bid to infuse their squad with youthful South American talent.

Recent scouting excursions to South America have brought two exceptional young talents into the spotlight, but the Red Devils might have to dig deep into their pockets, with a potential price tag soaring above £100 million for both players.

The two players on Manchester United’s radar are Palmeiras’ midfielder, Luis Guilherme, and Flamengo’s winger, Lorran. Both have displayed remarkable potential and caught the attention of United scouts during recent matches.

However, Manchester United are not the only club vying for these young stars. Renowned transfer expert Fabrizio Romano revealed that both Manchester United and Chelsea have dispatched scouts to South America to monitor Lorran’s progress. Speaking on the situation, Romano stated, “Keep an eye also on Manchester United in South America because in recent weeks Manchester United, as I told you, sent their scouts, as well as Chelsea, to follow Lorran from Flamengo, this talented Brazilian boy.”

He further added, “Man Utd scouts were in attendance to follow this player. But from what I’m hearing, there is also one more player being monitored by Manchester United. This is Luis Guilherme from Palmeiras, one more Brazilian talent. Someone from Manchester United’s scouting department is travelling around Brazil to keep an eye on these players.”

The competition for these prodigies is intense, with Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo claiming that Guilherme reportedly having a £52 million release clause in his contract with Palmeiras, and Lorran carrying a £43 million release clause in his Flamengo deal.

These figures may pose a significant financial challenge for Manchester United, especially after being hamstrung by Financial Fair Play restrictions during the previous summer transfer window.