The Brazilian youngster who plays for the Serie A club, Palmeiras was promoted to the first team at the end of 2019. He has scored 10 goals and assisted 3 since his promotion. A stat like this from an 18-year-old was enough to grab the attention from European giants. Moreover, being a Brazilian has its perks.
Gabriel was also an undisputed starter for the international U-17 side. In the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup, he scored 3 times to help Brazil win the trophy for the 4th time. His performance was rewarded with the Golden Ball award.
WHERE WILL THE BRAZILIAN FORWARD PLAY FOR?
Since Gabriel has already established himself as a hot prospect, there are clubs already lining up for him. Barcelona, Juventus, Manchester United and Manchester City are said to be in a 4-way battle for him.
A report suggests that the La Liga giants Barcelona are in pole position for the forward. But due to their ongoing presidential election, it is difficult for them to make a transfer decision.
Whereas the Manchester rivals have gone behind the scene in order to jump ahead in the race for Gabriel Veron. They know the difficulty in signing a youngster, especially a Brazilian. So they decided not to create any commotion.
The Citizens will have a negligible advantage over The Red Devils. They had a recent business with the Italian side when they signed Gabriel Jesus in 2017. Manchester City will be hoping that he plays a crucial role in landing Veron.
Manchester United, on the other hand, will be continuing their new recruitment scheme where they are aiming for the future. They have already landed 2 youngsters and the addition of Gabriel Veron will only bolster their attack more.
The advantage the current Premier League leaders, Manchester United has as compared to others, is they have a good recruitment system. They know how to convince youngsters to join them. Also, they have one of the best youth academies.
HOW MUCH WILL GABRIEL VERON COST?
Gabriel signed a 5-year deal with Palmeiras in 2019 that will keep him at the club till 2025. The teenager is valued around €20 million which is quite a bargain when it comes to talent. But Palmeiras has inserted a massive buyout clause of €60 million.
No matter how talented the player is, with such a price tag, any club will drop out from the race. But thankfully, it is believed that the club will be willing to let go of their starlet if a decent bid around his market value is made.