September 20, 2021

Barcelona sign Sao Paulo wonderkid Gustavo Maia & insert €300m release clause

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The teenage forward will go straight into the Blaugrana’s B team after sealing a highly-anticipated move to Camp Nou

Barcelona have announced the signing of Sao Paulo wonderkid Gustavo Maia, as well as the inclusion of a €300 million (£270m/$355m) release clause in his contract at Camp Nou.

Maia has completed a move to Barca for a fee of €4.5 million, while committing his future to the club through to 2025.

The Blaugrana have released an official statement confirming the news via their official website, which reads: “FC Barcelona has closed with Sao Paulo the incorporation of Gustavo Maia for Barca B. 

“International U16 and U17 with Brazil, he is a fast and vertical winger who usually plays on the left-wing although he is right-handed. 

“He plays for the Sao Paulo subsidiary although he has already been called up with the first team. He has good dribbling, both static and running, and a strong shot that makes him very dangerous. 

“The last tournament in which he stood out was the Junior Cup.”

Barca reportedly reached an agreement to sign Maia in July, paying €1 million to Sao Paulo upfront to guarantee a purchase option on the 19-year-old striker.

He will go straight into the club’s B team set up ahead of the 2020-21 campaign, with a view to forcing his way into Quique Setien’s first-team plans as he develops his all-round game.

More to follow.