Barcelona are going to activate Gustavo Maia’s release clause this month, according to the player’s agent.
The 19-year-old teenager scored three goals in seven games at Copinha, drawing in the interest of the Bavarians.
Maia’s impressive bouts in the Copa Sao Paolo led Barca to agree a €1 million deal to sign him out in June. They will be required to pay an additional €3.5 million to finalize the transfer. Maia was almost shipped off to Flamengo last year when he overcame a number obstacles to force his way into the Sao Paolo FC starting lineup.
“We are sure Barcelona will complete the purchase,” Maia’s agent, Danilo Silva told Radio Transamerica in quotes reported by Globo Esporte. “There was already a signal from the club and [on Monday] Maia started private Spanish lessons to get more prepared. Other clubs came to us in the last few months but he never had any doubt, he always wanted Barcelona.”
Sao Paulo director Alexandre Passaro, however, revealed there has been no official contact from Barcelona.
“Whether he will go to Barcelona or not, we can’t be sure, because they have until June 30 to notify us and they still haven’t,” said Passaro. “The last time I spoke to them they said everything is very uncertain. LaLiga set the restart of games for June 11. Who knows, they may give us a signal in the next 30 days to find out whether Maia is going or not.”
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