Reported Arsenal target Gabriel Veron has been described as one of the “five most valued” youngsters in world football by Wanderley Luxemburgo, his manager at Palmeiras.
According to Yahoo Brasil, the Gunners are keeping tabs on the 17-year-old attacker, while Premier League rivals Everton previously saw a £12million bid for him turned down.
Veron, who was voted best player at the recent FIFA Under-17 World Cup, is also said to be in Barcelona’s sights.
The youngster recently broke into the Palmeiras first team, scoring two goals in four appearances to date since his debut in November last year.
At international level, Veron scored three goals as Brazil lifted the 2019 FIFA U17 World Cup last September, and was awarded the Golden Ball.
“Certainly, the market is keeping an eye on Gabriel,” Luxemburgo told Fox Sports Brasil. “He is one of the five most valued young players in the world.
“He has a quality that football needs today – speed with a change of direction. He can reach speeds of up to 35 km, which is a fantastic speed.”
Veron is a youngster of the highest calibre, a threat in front of goal, a superb provider of assists and a wonderful dribbler, with the potential to become his nation’s next superstar – and there’s a decent chance he may have to be sold by his club to make ends meet.
“I think that the imminent need for a sale, whether it be from Veron or any other player, can only be done according to an evaluation in a month and a half, two months from now, when we will be more certain of what is to come,” Palmeiras managing director Cicero Souza told ESPN.
“When football returns, how long will it take to have a box office again? How long will the gates be closed? We still don’t know. Perhaps there is a need for the sale (of Veron).”
While a reported £26million price tag (Yahoo) appears a bit steep for a 17-year-old, his parent club’s financial uncertainty could perhaps lead to a reduction in value, maybe even closer to what Everton have reportedly bid.