Rio De Janeiro, May 3 : Roma have joined the race to sign highly rated Santos and Brazil under-20 striker Marcos Leonardo, according to media reports in Brazil.
The Italian club has held talks with Leonardo’s representatives and Santos officials with a view to completing a deal in the European summer transfer window, the UOL news portal said on Tuesday.
It added that the Brazilian Serie A club has set a price tag of 20 million euros (around 22 million U.S. dollars) for the center-forward.
Leonardo has also reportedly attracted the interest of Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham, among other clubs, a Xinhua report said.
The 20-year-old has scored eight goals and provided two assists in 20 games for Santos across all competitions this season.
His record for Brazil’s under-20 team is even more impressive as he has netted 10 times in eight appearances.