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Manchester United could win race to sign Brazil superstar ahead of Premier League rivals

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Neymar celebrates with United target Gabriel Barbosa after the latter scored for Brazil at the Olympic football tournament
Neymar celebrates with United target Gabriel Barbosa after the latter scored for Brazil at the Olympic football tournament

Jose Mourinho wants to bring Brazilian wonderkid Gabriel Barbosa to Old Trafford, according to a report.

Manchester United may not be finished doing buying business in the summer transfer window just yet.

Having finally completed the world-record signing of Paul Pogba for £89million, it seemed that Mourinho had filled the four "profiles" of players he desired to add to his Old Trafford squad.

However, reports emerged late last night that United have launched a surprise bid to sign Brazil prodigy Gabriel Barbosa, better known as Gabigol.

Currently starring for Brazil at the Olympics, the 19-year-old plies his trade as a forward for Santos.

Gabigol

In just 10 league appearances this season so far, Gabigol has managed five goals and an assist.

The striker was heavily linked with a move to champions Leicester City not long ago but it appears that the Red Devils are in pole position to secure the player's signature.

According to the Sun, United have beaten out competiton from Ranieri's team, old club Chelsea and a host of European giants with a £30million move for the latest star to come off the Santos production line.

Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid (two out of four of last year's Champions League semi-finalists), along with Italian giants Juventus and Inter Milan are all said to be chasing Gabigol's signature.

However, a £26million bid from United seems to have turned the head of Santos president Modesta Roma.

The report suggests the other £4million involved in the overall initial outlay will go to Gabigol's agent.

United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is said to have scheduled a meeting with Roma to complete the transfer coup for Mourinho's Old Trafford revolution.