Brazil’s conveyer belt of young talent never seems to stop, and the latest name catching Europe’s attention is 18-year-old striker Thalys from Palmeiras. While Barcelona already has Estevao Willian on their radar, they’ve set their sights on another gem from the same club, according to AS.
Thalys’ stock has risen after impressing at the Copinha tournament, scoring three goals in five games for Palmeiras’ U-20s. His performances not only earned him comparisons to the hyped Endrick, but also a regular spot in senior team training despite not yet making his debut.
Possessing versatility, Thalys can operate as a striker, winger, or even midfielder, captivating onlookers with his touch, goalscoring instincts, and driving runs. This adaptability further enhances his appeal for top European clubs.
Barcelona, under sporting director Deco’s Brazilian connection, are leading the charge for Thalys. However, they face stiff competition from Premier League giants Manchester United and Italian powerhouse Juventus.
While a January offer for Thalys was rejected, Palmeiras value their young prospect highly and believe he needs further development before any potential transfer. Despite this, the interest from these European giants highlights the excitement surrounding his potential.