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Dutch club PSV Eindhoven has earned the right to sign a 13-year-old Brazilian football player, beating out interest from FC Barcelona and Russia's CSKA Moscow.

PSV and Mirassol, a small club based in the interior of Sao Paulo state, have agreed to a deal giving the Dutch club the first chance to sign Maicon Vinicius da Cruz, known as Nikao, when he turns 16 and becomes eligible for transfers under Brazilian law, Mirassol officials told The Associated Press on Friday.

FIFA regulations do not allow a transfer until player turns 18.

Nikao will travel to the Netherlands in June to make his first visit to PSV, said Carlos Roberto Carvalho, president of CR Promocoes, Mirassol's partner.

FC Barcelona and CSKA had shown interest in the young midfielder, but PSV was the first to make an offer and earned the deal, Carvalho said.

Mirassol will receive $US500 ($A640) monthly from the Dutch club to help pay for Nikao's food, school tuition and transportation, Carvalho said.

Nikao, an orphan who lives with his grandmother, is expected to alternate three-months stays in the Netherlands and Brazil until his 16th birthday.

PSV found out about Nikao after Mirassol sent videos of his matches, Carvalho said.

"He has always said he's going to be famous one day," Carvalho said. "Maybe this is his chance."

Nikao is the second youngster to attract interest from European clubs this year. In January, 9-year-old Jean Carlos Chera prompted several teams, including Manchester United, to contact the boy's club in the southern Brazilian state of Parana.


Never heard of him before mabye he's good :confused:
 

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not the first time it's happened in Holland.
Feyenoord bought Leonardo when he was like 12 as well and he came here with a Portuguese passport. A documentary was made about him too, about his background and the hardships of it. He's 20 now and had it not been for real rotten luck (2 broken legs within the space of 2 seasons), he'd have been a regular for us and also impressing too since he's skilful as van Persie but also fast. Remains to be seen whether he'll return to a good level though with all the injuries he's suffered :(.
 

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Wally said:
not the first time it's happened in Holland.
Feyenoord bought Leonardo when he was like 12 as well and he came here with a Portuguese passport. A documentary was made about him too, about his background and the hardships of it. He's 20 now and had it not been for real rotten luck (2 broken legs within the space of 2 seasons), he'd have been a regular for us and also impressing too since he's skilful as van Persie but also fast. Remains to be seen whether he'll return to a good level though with all the injuries he's suffered :(.
Yeqh he was really really good... I still remeber that behind the leg assist he gave in the dutch league.. I hope he comes back cuz he was very good
 

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I don't really believe in these tactics, how can you know how such a kid will develop? Maybe his basic skills are good, but what about his mentality, he's just 13, who knows his mentality will change in his next 4 years... and what about possible injuries he'll get? There can so much things happen...

What's the source btw?
 
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