Santos president Modesto Roma has stated that he has held negotiations with both Manchester United and Chelsea, as the English powerhouses circle around some of the Brazilian team’s star players.
The South American club have a venerable record of producing top players, with the likes of Pele and Neymar coming through the ranks at Vila Belmiro.
The latest prodigious talents are midfielder Thiago Maia and striker Gabriel Barbosa, who are both representing Brazil on home soil in the Olympic Games currently.
Both United and Chelsea have been linked with moves for the teenage pair, who are widely being tipped to develop into future world-beaters and have the attention of a lot of European suitors.
Roma has stated that he has met with representatives from both Premier League sides in the last week.
“We had productive conversations,” Roma told Goal.
“We didn’t come to buy or sell players, neither in London or Madrid. We came to build up relationships. There weren’t offers, but we did talk about partnerships. I talked to Manchester United, Chelsea and Atletico Madrid.”
Leicester are believed to have started the bidding for Gabriel with a £23 million offer, while Chelsea are said to be winning the race for composed midfielder Maia.