Despite competition, Atlético Mineiro leads the race for young striker Clayton
Atlético Mineiro are the frontrunners to sign 20-year-old Figueirense striker Clayton who was a major highlight at Santa Catarina last year.
Palmeiras and Corinthians have also formalized proposals for the youngster, but Superesportes MG report that Atlético Mineiro are close to completing a deal, despite Clayton's father advising his son to join the Brasileirão champions. Although agent Jorge Machado refused to disclose values, Atlético's offer is believed to be €3.5 million for 50% of Clayton's economic rights. Seeking to convince Figueirense, Atlético director Eduardo Maluf had travelled to Santa Catarina earlier this month to personally talk with football manager Cleber Giglio. In addition to explaining the club's sports project to the player, Atlético have also formalized a salary proposal, which was readily accepted by Clayton. Jorge Machado, who also owns a share of the striker's economic rights, said: "Palmeiras and Corinthians have entered the negotiations. The proposals are similar. Let's see what is best for Figueirense and the player. By the weekend we should know the fate of Clayton."