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Vasco da Gama, probably the most essential golf equipment in Rio de Janeiro, reportedly shipped away a teenage phenom.

In accordance with Globo Esporte, Douglas Luiz left Vasco da Gama for Manchester Metropolis on Tuesday afternoon, because the Brazilian defensive midfielder, solely 19 years previous, was bought to the Residents for R$ forty five.5 million (roughly £eleven million), a switch charge that marks the costliest sale within the Gigante’s wealthy historical past.

Per ESPN FC’s Jonathan Smith, who values the switch at £10 million as an alternative, Douglas is about to finish the transfer to the Etihad Stadium this week and head out on mortgage to Girona FC in Spain. The South American teenager represented Brazil on the Sudamericano Sub 20, the place the Selecao did not qualify for the Underneath-20 World Cup, in humiliating trend. The teenager allegedly attracted the eye of Metropolis’s scouts however shouldn’t be considered prepared for the Residents’ first staff and can probably spend no less than one yr within the waters of Spanish soccer.

Douglas, who debuted for Vasco da Gama in 2016, holds eleven appearances to his identify on this yr’s Brasileirao, together with a recreation through which he scored a 91st-minute winner because the Gigante beat Sport Membership do Recife.

Assuming Douglas performed his final recreation for Vasco da Gama, he’s leaving the Gigante with a complete of 39 appearances.