During the summer transfer window, Man United had their sights set on Harry Kane. But the financial realities of the deal made it impossible to secure the services of the ex-Tottenham frontman.
However, according to reports from Spain cited by the Manchester Evening News (MEN), Manchester United has turned their attention to Marcos Leonardo nicknamed ‘Brazilian pearl’, a young Brazilian striker playing for Santos.
The club is reportedly considering a ‘competitive’ bid of €20 million (approximately £17.35 million) for his services, with a target date set for 2024.
Despite being only 20 years old, Marcos Leonardo boasts significant experience in top-flight football.
He has already accumulated over 150 first-team appearances for Santos, showcasing his maturity on the pitch.
During this time, he has also found the back of the net 50 times, underlining his scoring prowess.
What makes this potential move intriguing is its resemblance to Arsenal’s acquisition of Gabriel Martinelli back in 2019.
Arsenal took a gamble by signing a promising young forward directly from the Brazilian leagues.
This strategic move allowed them to secure Martinelli’s talents for a mere £6 million, significantly less than what they would have paid for a European-based player of similar potential.
If the Spanish report holds true, Manchester United hopes to replicate Arsenal’s masterful move by securing the services of Marcos Leonardo.
This would not only strengthen their attacking options but also demonstrate a shrewd approach to scouting and signing young talents from Brazil.