Brazilian jewels heading to Europe: Group City seal agreement with Savinho and are already eyeing another promising name from Galo

The market for young Brazilian players is being watched by an Arab conglomerate.
2022-03-01 17:08:29

Atlético-MG will announce the transfer of youth striker Savinho to Group City, the owner of various teams throughout the globe, including Manchester City, with only the signature of a contract. The sale is for €6.5 million (R$38 million). It shouldn’t end there, as Galo might possibly lose midfielder Yan Phillipe to the same squad from the lower divisions.

Both are 17 years old, but unlike Savinho, Yan is still in the early stages of negotiations. Since December, Group City has been speculating about the second player and even made a bid for the midfielder, which the Minas Gerais team first turned down.

Foreigners’ interest in Yan resurfaced when they met with Savinho and learned that the Minas Gerais club had to sell since it has a superb cast – including Hulk and Godin – and need to “generate revenue” to put their books in order.

Group City, on the other hand, is unlikely to send players immediately to Manchester. For example, Savinho is having his name publicized in Girona, Spain, where he may remain for a few years to gain experience before moving on to the main club of the corporation that purchased him.

In this post, we’ll learn more about these two Brazilian football prospects that might be shining on European fields in the next months. It’s vital to know that players can’t move to another country until they achieve the age of majority in Brazil (which is just 18 years old). This does not preclude the athlete from closing the transaction and going to his destination later.



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Savinho was born on April 10, 2004 in Sao Mateus, in the interior of Esprito Santo. He started his career with the Minas Gerais club in the under-14 junior divisions, but rose to prominence after winning the South American Championship 2019 with the Brazilian under-15 squad.

In a match against Atlético-GO for the Brasileirão in 2020, Argentine coach Jorge Sampaoli promoted him to the senior squad. He was a member of the title teams in the Campeonato Mineiro, Campeonato Brasileirão, and Copa do Brasil last year. The “white triplet,” as it became called.

In 2021, he was named one of the 60 most promising young players in the world born before 2004 by the traditional English daily The Guardian. He appeared for the Rooster 23 times but did not score any goals. He made 36 appearances for the base, with 13 goals scored. His “trademark” is his ability to dribble opponents with ease.

Yan Phillipe

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Yan also competed in the under-14 youth divisions at Galo. He was born on May 17, 2004, in Belo Horizonte, the capital of Minas Gerais. In 2018, he was called up by the Brazilian under-15 national team. Atlético-MG named him state champion under-14, under-15, and under-17.

He has yet to make his professional debut for the Minas Gerais club, although he is the undisputed leader of the team’s under-20 division. So far, the midfielder has appeared in 70 games for Galo’s lower divisions, scoring 31 goals.

Yan Phillipe’s contract with Atlético-MG runs through December 2023, with an option to extend it for another two years if he is promoted to the first team. He has a €56 million (R$330 million) release clause. His key qualities are his precise passes and outstanding set piece.

About the City Group

Abu Dhabi United Group owns City Football Group Limited (also known as Grupo City in Brazil) (United Arab Emirates). It was created in 2014 with the goal of establishing, controlling, and administering a network of football teams under the Manchester City banner.

One of the primary operations of the organization, which is focused on the Brazilian market, is to hire young players. City, for example, purchased striker Kayky from Fluminense last year for €10 million (R$61.7 million at the time). When he became 18, he relocated to the Old Continent, as will Savinho.

New York City of the United States, Melbourne City of Australia, Yokohama Marinos of Japan, Girona of Spain, Sichuan Jiuniu of China, Mumbai City of India, and Montevideo City Torque of Uruguay are among the other clubs in the conglomerate.