Brazilian starlet Gerson could be set to reject Juventus’ advances and hold out for a move to Barcelona instead, according to Globoesporte.
The attacking midfielder has reportedly been targeted by a number of European clubs after impressing at the Under-20 South American Championship with the Selecao in January.
The Bianconeri were believed to have led the chase for the Fluminense youngster, but it appears Barca have moved to the top of the queue, with the 17-year-old’s father left in awe of the side’s facilities.
Marcos Antonio da Silva, better known by his nickname Marcao, recently visited La Blaugrana’s headquarters and spoke with compatriot Neymar in order to gain a better understanding of their operations.
“Juventus’ project is very good, but Barca’s is out of this world. It’s crazy,” he was quoted as saying by the newspaper.
Gerson had originally been identified by Juve as a possible successor to Paul Pogba, amid reported interest from the likes of Real Madrid and Barca.
Nevertheless, the Catalans would not be able to register the teenager as an official squad member until next January, when their transfer embargo ends.