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Director says Crystal Palace in talks to sign Real Madrid target likened to Cavani

Botafogo wonderkid and Real Madrid target Matheus Nascimento has been ‘offered’ the chance to continue his development in the Premier League with Crystal Palace, the Brazilian club’s technical director Andre Mazzuco tells Lance

From the Red Bull alliance to the City Football Group; What Mazzuco refers to as ‘multi-club platforms’ are becoming increasingly common at the very highest level. 

And while Crystal Palace’s relationship with Brazilian giants Botafogo is not anywhere near as symbiotic as the one between, say, Red Bull Salzburg and RB Leipzig, the ‘John Textor connection’ opens up new doors and new opportunities as far as recruitment is concerned. 

The American is a co-owner at Selhurst Park, as well as a majority shareholder at Botafogo. Hence why Crystal Palace suddenly find themselves in a position to land one of the brightest young talents in the whole of South America; 18-year-old Matheus Nascimento. 

Crystal Palace negotiating Nascimento deal with Botafogo

“To make clear what Botafogo wants, we have an opportunity to be a multi-club platform,” Mazzuco says at the unveiling of former Wolves defender Fernando Marcal. 

“We have Lyon, Crystal Palace and (Belgian outfit) RWD Molenbeek. 


Crystal Palace director Dougie Freedman (Reuters)

Mazzuco explains that talks between Botafogo and Palace are ongoing. Eagles’ sporting director Dougie Freedman is central to the negotiations, as is Textor. 

“It doesn’t mean we’re going to sell a player to Palace,” Mazzuco adds. “But we can improve by sending a player there.  

“Yes, this project was offered to Matheus. He is a good boy. This project was offered personally by John and Doug (Freedman) from Crystal Palace. And myself.” 

Real and Atletico Madrid are keen

Lance point out that Nascimento will probably remain a Botafogo player, joining Crystal Palace on an initial loan deal. They reportedly believe that a spell in one of Europe’s major leagues can only benefit the teenager’s development. 

Nascimento has been labelled the ‘Brazilian Cavani’ due to his flowing locks, impressive movement and emphatic finishing. He has admirers at Atletico, as well as their Madridian neighbours. Goal claim that Botafogo have already rejected a £19 million bid from an unnamed European club.

Nascimento has a £42 million release clause in his contract. 

“Botafogo sees Matheus Nascimento as an asset. He is a boy who has been standing out for the club and who has been a starter and top scorer for the Brazil youth sides,” Tiano Gomes, general manager of Botafogo’s academy, tells UOL.

“He is a high-potential athlete, but he has a long way to go. We need to be calm, obeying the athlete’s natural development.”

Nascimento has eight goals in 44 senior league games. And his record at youth level, predictably given his reputation, is mightily impressiv