Sunderland and Fulham ready to fight for Brazilian hotshot
Among all the immensely talented players Brazil have nurtured and exported in recent years, Leo Baptistao is the one to look out for in near future. Currently playing with Rayo Vallecano in the La Liga, the tall striker has already bagged six goals and four assists in just twelve appearances.
The 20-year-old has been on the radar of several European clubs given his astounding performances in Spain’s top division and according to English sources, Sunderland and Fulham are two of the clubs rumored to be interested for his signature. Having played alongside Neymar in Brazil as a youth, the youngster was picked up by his current club at the age of 16 and has since made the grade to the A team. Baptistao has scored against Athletico Madrid already this season and also provided two assists in an away win at Malaga and scored the winner against Real Betis.
The Brazilian striker has a contract with the Spanish outfit till 2015. His buyout clause is reportedly £6.5 million and with Sunderland struggling to find goals this season, Martin O’Neill may snap up the youngster if he gets the go ahead from the club’s board. Martin Jol, the Fulham manager will also be willing to secure his signature as he looks to bring in a few youngsters into a squad whose average age is approximately 27. The pace, playmaking and finishing abilities of Leo will definitely add a new dimension to both clubs’ attacking plays. By the looks of things, the Brazilian may make the switch to England if the offer is right, but Vallecano will not let go of their prized asset so easily.