Manchester United could sign Brazil youngster Bruno Gomes next summerBruno Gomes (r) with Sir Alex Ferguson
Manchester United could complete the transfer of Bruno Gomes from Desportivo Brasil as early as next year, says the player's agent in an interview with Lancenet.
Bruno Gomes came to the attention of club scout John Calvert-Toulmin after the Copa Brasil Votorantim last year and was invited into the club's partnership with Desportivo, having been at Palmeiras.
In this partnership, the English club bring players they have spotted to the São Paulo-based academy side, operated by the Traffic agency, until they are legally old enough to move to Europe.
"We have invested into the Manchester project. Besides, we had a bad experience at Palmeiras where it is very unstable," said Paulo Oliveira, the striker's father. "We lose now to make our way to the front."
Bruno's life has changed since the agreement, with regular English classes, specific training regimes and exchange visits to England - which he has already undertaken twice.
"Our expectation is that we will skip some stages and ultimately move to Manchester next year," said agent Gilmar Rinaldi - who handles the business of Adriano, Danilo (Corinthians) and Fábio Santos amongst others.
Bruno has been preparing for a move to Europe from an early age - ever since the days when his father helped his career by posting videos on Youtube.
"During holidays we always travel abroad," his father said. "We eat local food and are always thinking about adapting to life abroad. Our goal has always been for him to play in a major European city."
As for Bruno himself, his goal is "to be the best in the world", but first he hopes to become top scorer in the São Paulo Under-17 championship (he is currently second) and make the Brazil squad for the Under-17 World Cup next summer.