Brazilian starlet Luan Vieira is being targeted by a host of top European clubs, according to reports.
Luan Guilherme de Jesus Vieira, more commonly known as Luan, currently plays at Brazilian outfit Grêmio. He made his first team debut for the club on 19 January, 2014, and has since been a mainstay in their squad.
The forward scored 10 goals in the 2015 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, helping his side secure a third place finish. And as a reward for his top drawer performances, he was included in the Brasileirão Team of the Year, as one of the two best attackers in the competition.
His fine form saw him get picked up in Brazil’s provisional squad for the 2016 Copa América, but the youngster was later cut out from the final squad.
The 23-year-old has, however, been included in Brazil’s squad for the 2016 Summer Olympics. So far, Luan has scored thrice and assisted twice in the competition, most recently scoring in Brazil’s 2-0 quarter final win against Colombia, and following it up by netting past Honduras in a massive 6-0 semi final rout.
His quality displays have caught the attention of numerous European clubs – one of them being FC Barcelona. According to Sport, Luan is the only Brazilian talent the Catalans are interested in signing. Moreover, Barca’s Sporting Director, Robert Fernandez, has already spoken with Luan’s representatives, and may look to strike a deal upon the conclusion of the Olympic Games.
Premier League giants Liverpool are also said to be looking to secure the striker’s services. In fact, the Reds have already had a bid rejected by Grêmio, as the club intends to do their best to keep hold of their star man.
And now, as per Brazilian news outlet Zero Hora, Manchester United have also joined their arch-rivals in the race for Luan’s signature.
However, if any of the clubs want to win the race, they will have to meet the £39 million Grêmio have set on their promising starlet.
But as for now, the forward will keep himself distant from all the speculation surrounding his future, and concentrate on scoring in his third successive game against Germany, to help his nation claim the Olympic Gold.