Brazil’s national team is in search of a marquee signing, and the country is hoping to land one of its biggest players of the last decade.
The 22-year-old Brazilian, who played for Brazilian giants Santos and has won three Brazilian Cup titles, has been linked with the likes of Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, as well as Juventus, Inter Milan and Napoli.
The striker’s representatives told ESPN that they have submitted their paperwork to the International Football Association Board, which is expected to decide on whether or not to accept his offer in the next 24 hours.
“The paperwork is ready, and I’ll get a reply soon,” Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari told the Brazilian newspaper Folha de São Paulo.
“The paperwork for the offer has been approved, but it’s still waiting for the decision from the IFA Board.
So we will wait for that decision.”
According to the Sporting Lisbon website, Santos is also interested in signing a striker.
“They are talking about signing one of their strikers,” the site quoted a Santos spokesperson as saying.
“This could be a player who plays for Santos, or maybe a player with a strong past who can help Santos, who has a good record and who will help the team win games.”
The IFA has previously rejected a Brazilian bid to sign a player from Santos, but Santos have since confirmed they will hold talks with the Brazilian club.
In June, Santos signed Colombia striker Mario Suarez.