Rumours have once again started to circulate that Manchester United are close to agreeing a deal to bring 17-year-old Bruno Gomes to Old Trafford from Desportivo Brasil. A deal has been in the pipeline for over a year now after Gomes was invited on two separate occasions to train with United’s youth squads. Sir Alex Ferguson was said to be very interested in the player but, just with Januzaj’s contract talks, the deal was stalled due to Ferguson’s retirement. It does now seem however, that United have renewed their interest in Gomes, who is also being chased by Udinese, Sao Paulo and most notably, Real Madrid, after David Moyes was briefed on the player’s ability.
Although there is considerable competition for his signature, Manchester United do have the upper hand in the negotiations. Gomes himself has spoken openly about his desire to play for Manchester United, both in an interview conducted during his second trial and on his twitter account where he has kept his followers up to date on the deal. Furthermore, Desportivo Brasil act as a feeder club for United, having sent a number of their other talents over to Manchester for trials in the past. United therefore have a first refusal option on the player for a limited amount of time, so unless their interest in Gomes cools considerably over the coming weeks, there shouldn’t be a problem wrapping up the deal.
Although he may not be the signing a lot of United fans would like to see, he is certainly an exciting prospect, having scored 122 goals in only 3 seasons playing for Desportivo Brasil’s various youth teams, including one game where he netted seven. His clinical finishing ability, coupled with his quick feet and low centre of gravity has led to him already being compared to the likes of Neymar. It is obviously too early to be drawing comparisons like that, but there is no doubting he has immense ability and the potential to be a very good signing for United in years to come. Fans will have to wait a little while longer however, as according to Brazilian law, he must wait until he turns 18 to officially join a club abroad.
In the mean time, he is at the perfect club to progress his skills. Desportivo Brasil specialises in nurturing young Brazilian talent under the age of 20, starting at the age of 14. They take Brasil’s most promising youngsters and eventually sell them on to clubs across Europe. What is most interesting about them, is that they do not have a senior squad. Instead, they are a club specifically run to develop young talent, and Bruno Gomes is certainly at the top of this list. One example of their success can be found in their Milk Cup victory in 2012 where they dominated the competition, scoring 22 goals and only conceding three. Gomes scored five goals in six appearances that year.
United fans will have to wait for his arrival, but the hype in Brasil revolving around this player indicates that he will be well worth it.
By Dave Lewis
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