Currently shining in the Under-17 Brazilian national team the number 10 who plays for Palmeiras is being lined up by Real Madrid to join them in the summer. But who is he? Sam May gives you the rundown of all you need to know…
The wonderkid currently playing in the Under-17 World Cup in India, has a £44 million buyout clause but the money men at the Santiago Bernabeu are confident of securing his signature for half of that value as his contract moves into its final year.
Alan is described as a “pocket dynamo” as he is only 5’3” feet tall, but let’s remember he is only 17 years-old and has time to grow. Even if he doesn’t, Lionel Messi, is not exactly the tallest in La Liga.
There is an underlying strategy at Los Blancos whereby it seems that they are planning for when Cristiano Ronaldo hangs up his boots. They are looking for a nucleus to take them into the next 10 to 15 seasons. Madrid have previously brought in the high-flying Marco Asensio and Dani Ceballos and it seems the Spanish giants aren’t stopping there when it comes to building for the future.
Alan would join up with Vinicius another Brazilian, a year older who they signed from, and loaned back to Flamenco. He would also join up with 18-year-old Scandinavian Martin Odegaard who is currently loaned out to Heerenveen and Federico Valverde, 19, on-loan at Deportivo La Caruna.
The Under-17 World Cup has also thrown up yet another Brazilian who could attract the top table clubs. Lincoln, is a 16-year-old who has scored three goals in the first four games of the tournament. He has yet to make his debut at Flamingo but is already being compared to Adriano the former Inter Milan striker who started out at the same club. Both are the classic number 9 with an instinct for finding the back of the net.
Real are planning for the future. Landing Alan and potentially Lincoln could well be another set of jigsaw pieces to take a picture of dominance on the European stage for years to come.