Brazilian prodigy remains determined to move to Barcelona, ​​club still interested

Estevao Willian was the center of attention again this week as he starred for Palmeiras in their 2-1 win over Botafogo.

The youngster notably scored the winner in the dying minutes of the match, which added even more shine to a brilliant display which saw him terrorize opposition defenders.

Palmeiras coach's plea to the club

Palmeiras coach Abel Ferreira was head over heels with Estevao Willian's performance against Botafogo. So much so that the coach launched an appeal to the president of Palmeiras, asking him to keep the player.

“Talking about Estevao, I'm not going to say what I think, I'm going to ask Leila – the president of Palmeiras – not to sell this player. The father, the manager and him will be sad. May he stay with us until 2027.” Abel said (h/t world of sport).

However, Abel's appeal is unlikely to have much effect on the future of Estevao, who is being courted by several major European clubs. including Barcelona.

A star in the making (Photo by NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP via Getty Images)

Palmeiras, having just sold Endrick for a fortune, is aware of Estevao's demand in the market. Not to mention that the player has a big release clause of 45 million euros, which is quite significant for a player of his age.

Estevao wants to move to Barcelona

For a while, it was thought that Barcelona were out of the running to sign Estevao, not least because of his hefty release clause.

However, according to UOL, it appears Barcelona still have their eyes on the young striker, affectionately known as Messiinho in Brazil due to his dribbling technique and ability with the ball.

Messiinho, for his part, is in no rush to leave Palmeiras, indicating that he is still considering a move to Barcelona in the near future.

However, the Catalans will face tough competition in the race for the Brazilian prodigy's signature, particularly with Chelsea set to put in a bid of up to €30 million.

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