Manchester United eyeing move for 16-year-old Brazilian striker Yuri Alberto – report

by Harry Robinson

Manchester United are eyeing a move for Santos’ 16-year-old striker Yuri Alberto, according to The Sun.

The Reds will be challenged by fellow Premier League side Arsenal, and if a genuine move is made, will likely be joined by a whole host of top European sides.

A source told the paper that Yuri has been watched by scouts from both English clubs.

The striker, who has been highly rated for some years in Brazil, is said to be valued at £37.5m by Santos.

A deal for the 16-year-old would likely be achieved in an instalment plan, though the player couldn’t come to Europe until his 18th birthday anyway due to rules in Brazil.

Yuri scored 51 goals in 35 matches for Santos’ youth side, and has been impressing many European scouts with his performances for Brazil’s under-17s side.

United rarely sign players from South America at this age, due to the difficulties involving work permits. Signings from the European continent are much more regular.

However, the Da Silva twins, Rafael and Fabio, did join the Reds on their 18th birthday from Fluminense, showing that these kind of deals can be done if the player is rated highly enough.

Real Madrid recently signed a 16-year-old from Flamengo for a staggering £39.6m, and United could soon join them in paying such a significant fee for a player of this age, if the Reds are seriously interested in Yuri.

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