Roma eye move for Brazilian forward Leonardo

Rio de Janeiro, May 3 : Roma have joined the race to sign highly rated Santos and Brazil under-20 striker Marcos Leonardo, according to media reports in Brazil. The Italian club has held talks with Leonardo's representatives and Santos officials with a view to completing a deal in the European summer transfer window, the UOL news portal said on Tuesday. It added that the Brazilian Serie A club has set a price tag of 20 million euros (around 22 million U.S. dollars) for the center-forward. Leonardo has also reportedly attracted the interest of Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham, among other clubs, a Xinhua report said. The 20-year-old has scored eight goals and provided two assists in 20 games for Santos across all competitions this season. His record for Brazil's under-20 team is even more impressive as he has netted 10 times in eight appearances. /IANS


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