Barça’s Quest for Brilliance: Tracking Messinho and Rising Stars in Brazil

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Barça is keeping a close watch on Messinho in Brazil along with other promising talents.

Barça is closely monitoring Messinho in Brazil and other emerging talents, dispatching two coaches to observe him in Copinha and subsequently at the U-23 Olympic Qualifiers in Venezuela. According to Gabriel Sans of Mundo Deportivo, the club has already approved his incorporation and is in the process of preparing comprehensive reports. Despite opting not to send coaches to gather reports at the U-17 World Cup in Indonesia last November, where Germany, led by Barcelona’s Noah Darvich, emerged victorious, Barça has redirected a couple of coaches and an existing scout for the Sao Paulo Junior Cup (Copinha) and the South American U-23 Pre-Olympic, both crucial tournaments this January.

In Copinha, currently in its 53rd edition, Palmeiras U-20, managed by Estevao, features Messinho (16 years old), a player linked to Barça. Messinho showcased his skills in five games, scoring four goals, including a penalty against Sport Recife, and providing two assists. Despite his notable performance, his participation concluded this week following Palmeiras U20’s defeat against Star Ita U20. While scouts have observed Messinho, Barça is also keeping an eye on other promising talents.

Copinha attracts scouts from around the world seeking to discover budding football stars. Barça is resolute in pursuing the Brazilian talent, with management already granting approval. Notably, prominent European clubs like PSG, City, Arsenal, United, and Chelsea are eager to secure his services, yet Messinho’s willingness to join Barça works in the club’s favor.

Simultaneously, one or both coaches will attend the U-23 Pre-Olympic in Venezuela, a groundbreaking event determining the two South American teams qualifying for the Paris Olympic Games this year, featuring ten participating teams. The roster of standout players includes midfielder Adrey Santos (19, Chelsea), winger Óscar Cortés (20, Lens), forward Valentín Barco (20, Boca Juniors), Thiago Almada (22, Atlanta United), and Claudio Echeverri (18, River Plate), who has attracted interest from Manchester City.