Manchester United have yet another Sporting Lisbon wonderkid on their radar – Luis Gomes.
The 16-year-old signed his first professional deal last week but is already being hailed as the next Luis Figo in Portgual.
Although the youngster is now on a five-year deal at Sporting, United have agreed a first-refusal option should they decide to sell – complete with a £14million transfer fee.
United have previously taken Portugal stars Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani and Bruno Fernandes from Sporting.
Atletico Madrid had made enquiries about Gomes, but he chose to stay in Lisbon – while Old Trafford is his ultimate destination.
The teenager spoke of his delight at signing his first professional contract with a club he joined in 2010 at the tender age of six.
“It is a unique feeling,” said Gomes. “This has always been one of my great goals since I joined the Academy.
“It is very good to feel that the club believes in me. Now I have to continue to work and fight to achieve more goals and return the confidence placed in me.
“I always dreamed that I could get here and I always want more. It is very good to see that it happened. It was many years and many trips. We went to many tournaments, but the effort paid off.
“One of my dreams is to reach the main team, and I will work for that.”
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Gomes has been tipped to become the latest in a string of world-class talents produced by Sporting’s academy, including Ballon d’Or winners Figo and Ronaldo.
Meanwhile, Ronaldo left Sporting for the Red Devils aged 18 and went on to score 118 goals in 292 appearances for the club, winning countless titles and the Ballon d’Or in 2008.
He would go on to win the Ballon d’Or a further four times after his world-record move to the Santiago Bernabeu in 2009.
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