According to Le 10 Sport, Manchester United are amongst the number of big name European clubs to have made contact with Flamengo over Lucas Paqueta.
The aforementioned report claims that PSG, Barcelona and AC Milan are all also in the hunt for the 21-year-old.
The attacking midfielder has been in stellar form of late and is beginning to add end product in terms of goals and assists to his game too.
The youngster already boasts exquisite technique and no shortage of confidence. His dynamic, attacking style, combined with his flair and fearlessly tricky dribbling could see him have a huge impact in the Premier League.
There are flaws in his game to iron out – occasional selfishness and inconsistent finishing, for instance – but Paqueta is certainly a potential star of the future. United would be wise to do all they can to beat off the competition and secure the Brazilian’s signature for themselves.
Paqueta’s arrival at Old Trafford could provide an injection of a lot of the qualities that are currently in short supply in Jose Mourinho’s squad. A young, explosive No. 10, able to forge something out of nothing, is currently missing from the Red Devils’ ranks, while he is also capable of challenging Alexis Sanchez given he has played on the left side during his short career as well.
Equally, a switch to the Premier League giants would represent a huge step forward in Paqueta’s career. The opportunity to train, play and learn alongside the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku should aid the youngster’s development.
Signing any young prospect is a risk, and with a Transfermarkt valuation of £13.5 million Paqueta likely wouldn’t come cheap. However, United have the financial might to be able to roll the dice on the playmaker’s potential and should do so.