The Brazilian market during transfer windows has been very busy in recent years with European clubs turning their attention to the South American country to buy young players who could be future superstars. The likes of Neymar, Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo, and Gabriel Jesus have moved abroad and made a name for themselves playing for some of the biggest clubs in the world. Matheus Martins seems to be the next Brazilian wunderkind who seems like Europe will be his home come summer.
According to reports in Brazilian media, Leeds United have ‘sought information’ to sign Matheus Martins from Fluminense in the summer. The Brazilian is gathering interest from a host of European clubs with Benfica and Ajax also said to be in the race to sign the winger. According to Globo Esporte, Fluminense could let Matheus leave this time around having already rejected Shakhtar Donetsk’s approach last summer.
The Brazilian forward has a 50 million euros release clause in his contract but it seems unlikely that Fluminense will demand such a hefty fee for the 18-year-old. According to the report by Globo Esporte, no official contact has been made by any club with Fluminense regarding any transfer.
Leeds United would want the teenager to replace another Brazilian winger Raphinha whose future is up in the air. Jesse Marsch who took over from Marcelo Bielsa in January would not want to lose his star winger but a move in the summer seems inevitable with a host of European clubs looking to sign the winger.
Victor Orta, the Director of Football at Leeds United has earmarked Martins to replace Raphinha and his scouting over the years have received plaudits. The former Sevilla Technical Director has signed a host of young talents for the youth and senior team at Leeds United and with Martins, he could well pull off another masterstroke by beating the likes of Ajax and Benfica to his signature.