FC Barcelona are close to snatching up one of Brazil’s key players in their U17 FIFA World Cup win last year, according to reports in Brazil. The deal with Coritiba for Yan Couto would be worth 5 million euro, plus an additional 3 million in bonuses.
Yan Couto a caminho do Barcelona (por 5 M€+ 3 M€) e Dodô com proposta do Bayern de Munique (de 25 M€). Uma quarta-feira agitada que coloca em evidência a nível internacional a base do Coritiba, sobretudo o lado direito da defesa, e consequentemente a seleção brasileira— Bruno Andrade (@brunoandrd) January 15, 2020
Couto is a 17-year-old fullback known for his pace and ability on the ball. He has reportedly been chased by Arsenal as well as Barça. A right-back, he has been compared to a young Dani Alves.
Barça have so far failed to fully replace Alves since the fullback left in 2016. Right now, Nélson Semedo and Sergi Roberto split time at the right-back spot, while the Catalans control a pair of prospects that could perhaps challenge for the spot: Moussa Wagué and Emerson, another Brazilian. Couto could be the future for Barcelona at that position.