A Manchester City scout was in attendance at the Copa Libertadores final to watch Palmeiras’s rising star Patrick de Paula (21), who has a €100 million release clause, reports UOL Esporte as relayed by SportWitness.
Patrick de Paula, who is often simply referred to as Patrick, is the latest young Brazilian to earn rave reviews for Palmeiras – following in the footsteps of City’s current striker Gabriel Jesus.
The midfielder, however, was benched for the final, emerging as a substitute in the 78th minute before his side scored the only goal of the game to win the prestigious tournament in stoppage time.
To date, Patrick has 5 goals in 37 appearances for the Brazilian side and his current contract is set expire at the end of next season – his release clause, therefore, should not be reflective of the player’s actual valuation.
Portuguese side SL Benfica were also said to have a scout in attendance to watch the youngster, with a host of European sides keeping tabs on Patrick following his breakthrough in 2020.
Patrick is considered to primarily be a #8 style of player – perhaps not too dissimilar to City’s current star in that position, Ilkay Gundogan – with a cultured left-foot and a solid defensive side to his game.
Whether City’s interest will materialise into anything concrete will have to be seen, but it’s a safe bet that it will not be long before Patrick earns a big money move to a major European side.
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