Neymar’s Brazilian buddy Baptistao scouted by Martin Ferguson in Spain

by Tom Parker

Red hot Rayo Vallecano Leo Baptistao forward has today been linked with a move to Manchester United after Manchester United scout Martin Ferguson watched him in Spain.

After a blistering six months in La Liga, Baptistao has claimed six goals and 5 assists in his debut season in Spain and was reportedly off to Atletico Madrid. However, now it appears United have now entered the fray.

According to AS, Baptistao has an €8 million release clause in his contract which runs until 2015. However, according to the Spanish paper he could be picked up for as little as £2 million given the Madrid outfits financial plight.

Both Atletico and Real Madrid have trailed the exciting striker this season and representatives of QPR, Liverpool, Leeds and Brighton were apparently also in attendance to watch the 20-year-old.

And the United scout would have been impressed by what he had witnessed with Baptistao claiming an assist during his sides 3-1 victory of Getafe.

The Brazilian has been with Rayo’s youth setup since 2008 having been spotted playing indoor football with close friend and current Santos superstar Neymar. The talented strikers progress had been hampered by two serious collarbone injuries and Hepatitis.

He only made his debut in August against Real Betis, signifying his arrival with a goal and assist but Baptistao has been Vallecano’s stand out performer this season and has stepped into the void left by Michu.

Obviously, United have an abundance of attacking options with Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck on the books, along with Shinji Kagawa who can play behind the striker and Angelo Henriquez currently on loan.

But a move for Baptistao could prove to be a good piece of business as the 20-year-old striker is regarded as one of the brightest prospects in Spain and rightly so, given his very impressive form this season.

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