Man Utd tipped to lose Man City transfer battle for Brazilian wonderkid

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Brazil legend Rivaldo reckons Manchester United will lose out to Manchester City when the two Premier League clubs lock horns in a transfer battle for Gabriel Veron this summer. The Palmeiras star has a £53million release clause and is attracting interest from some of the biggest clubs across Europe.

Real Madrid and Barcelona have been keeping close tabs on the 18-year-old but the La Liga sides are both struggling financially.

That leaves United and City to go head-to-head in a battle for the Brazilian’s signature.

And World Cup winner Rivaldo reckons his fellow countryman could end up at the Etihad Stadium.

Rivaldo told Betfair: “There are strong rumours that Manchester United and Manchester City are chasing Gabriel Veron’s signing from Palmeiras – and I think that the Manchester club that wins this particular fight will be properly rewarded.

“Veron has lots of talent and a bright future ahead, so it’s no coincidence to see two big English clubs chasing him, and he could perform for either club without problems.

“If he has the choice between the two clubs, I suggest City because they are the more stable club nowadays, with a solid tactical system implemented by Pep Guardiola, which is not the case with Manchester United, despite also being a fantastic club.”

Veron was named after former United midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron but that may not play any part in the teenagers thinking.

Meanwhile, another Brazilian youngster Vinicius Jr has been having a hard time at Real Madrid with Zinedine Zidane reducing the attacker’s minutes.

“At Real Madrid, Zidane seems to be using Vinicius Jr lesser often and many are already arguing that the Brazilian should chase a potential loan or transfer in the current transfer window to develop his skills in another club that might trust more in his game,” Rivaldo explained.

“But I disagree because he already showed his quality to Zidane and his ability to be a regular starter, he only needs to be more consistent.

“I’m convinced that with a bit more persistence he could finally earn Zidane’s confidence.

“But to achieve such a goal he must keep working hard and trusting his own skills instead of giving up and conforming with his current situation.”

He added: “For me, Casemiro is a very experienced player but I didn’t imagine that he could become so crucial to Real Madrid.

“He is the kind of player who brings joy to training and matches, and have been developing his skills each day, becoming a player capable of going forward and scoring many important goals, a little bit like Sergio Ramos.

“Nowadays he is a certain starter at Real Madrid, and even if I didn’t imagine this coming a few seasons ago, the fact is that he deserves it entirely thanks to his great commitment and performances.”

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