Leeds United sporting director Nicola Salerno has commented that Leeds are continuing their negotiations for the signature of Adryan, the Brazilian youngster who has previously been given the nickname the ‘new Zico’, as reported by Emanuele Giulianelli.
+++ Exclusive Nicola Salerno: “The negotiation for Adryan still goes on!” #lufc
— Emanuele Giulianelli (@EmaGiulianelli) August 21, 2014
Adryan signed a loan agreement with Cagliari last season, joining them temporarily from Flamengo, with Massimo Cellino negotiating an offer to permanently buy the 19-year-old. The Leeds owner reportedly rates the Brazilian very highly, and was keen to bring him into Elland Road.
Giulianelli did, however, also say that Leeds have not yet reached an agreement with either Cagliari or Flamengo over the move, and that the deal is complicated by the fact that there are three teams involved with arranging it.
Adryan would have to have his loan with Cagliari terminated before a separate agreement with Flamengo is reached over his transfer.
The youngster was previously scouted by a host of top sides in Europe, with a move by Manchester United being rebuffed by the player himself.
His pedigree led to him being given several nicknames, including the ‘New Zico’, the ‘New Kaka’ and being compared to current Brazil hero Neymar.