Manchester United and Arsenal are stepping up their chase for 16-year-old Santos wonderkid Yuri Alberto.
The young striker has attracted the interest of a number of top European sides after starring for the Brazilian Under-17 squad.
He was watched by United and Gunners’ scouts this summer, who were both impressed by his talent.
And the Premier League giants are looking at launching a bid for Alberto, who is already valued at £37.5m.
Both teams have been in contact with the teenager’s agent, and are eyeing a swoop for him next year.
A source said: “He is the new star of Brazilian football. He is very exciting and a lot of teams are looking at him.
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“United and Arsenal are very keen on Yuri. They watched him when Brazil played in England earlier this year.
“He has great technique and an eye for goal. The reports across the board have been positive about him.
“His agent has been contacted and told by both the Premier League clubs they will be watching him over the coming months.”
Alberto has also been looked at by Europe’s other elite clubs.
Inter, AC Milan, Roma along with a number of Spanish sides have all been keeping tabs on him.
Santos have slapped a £37.5m price tag on the youngster, who they see as the star of their future.
He scored a staggering 51 goals in 35 youth matches for them last season.