The 19-year-old has already started learning Spanish ahead of a potential move to Camp Nou, which his agent expects to be completed in June
Barcelona will activate a purchase option on Sao Paulo teenager Gustavo Maia this June, according to the player’s agent.
Maia’s performances in the Copa Sao Paulo – Brazil’s most prestigious youth tournament – at the start of the year drew the eye of La Liga’s champions and led to them agreeing to part with €1million for the option to sign him before the end of this month.
The 19-year-old winger, who was nearly sent on loan to Flamengo last year, became a father in December and overcame personal issues to force his way into the starting line-up at the Copinha, where he scored three goals in seven games.
Barca are required to pay an additional €3.5m to sign Maia permanently and his representative Danilo Silva is confident it will happen.
“We are sure Barcelona will complete the purchase,” he 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 said they have not yet been notified that Barca wish to purchase Maia, however.
“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.