Leicester City have made an enquiry about Shakhtar Donetsk’s Brazilian prodigy, aka Tete, according to Globo Esporte.
Premier League rivals Newcastle United are also understood to have got in touch, while Serie A duo AC Milan and Roma are both interested in the winger.
Rated at a whooping £61 million, Tete joined Shakhtar from Brazilian side Gremio last season, having not made a single senior appearance for them.
It was his displays with the Brazil at the U-20 Copa Sudamericano that caught the attention of his current club, who bought for him a considerable £8.9 million.
Tete, who primarily operates as a right winger, scored five goals and assisted a further four in 26 appearances (all competitions) for the Ukrainian outfit last season.
In total, he has nine goals and seven assists in 36 appearances with the “Hirnyky”, which are good numbers to have for someone of his age and experiences.
One would think, though, that £61 million is way too much for him. He is doing well and getting better, yes, but he needs more time at the top level to be able to warrant that sort of a price.
Normally, when you pay that much for a player and when you’re Leicester, you want him to be someone who adapts right away and starts banging in goals. He, on the other hand, would require at least one long loan spell with a Championship club to adapt to the demands of the English game.
So for that price, the Foxes cannot go for him – not next season or the season thereafter anyway.