​Manchester United have reportedly joined ​Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain in the race to sign Brazilian starlet Lucas Paqueta.


Paqueta, who plays in his home country for Flamengo, is said to be one of the brightest talents in South American football at the moment. 


The 21-year-old attacking midfielder was heavily linked with moves to AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona in the past but ​Le10 Sport have now reported that United have entered the race to sign Paqueta.


Paqueta's performances for Flamengo have made an impact on the Red Devils' hierarchy and the Old Trafford side are already said to be negotiating a potential deal for the Brazilian.



The highly-rated star is said to have a €50 million (£44.4 million) release clause in his contract but the French report goes on to state that United might be able to seal the deal for the player for around €40m (£35.5 million).


Paqueta made his senior international debut for Brazil earlier this year and is set to experience an exciting few months ahead as his demand among Europe's elite keeps soaring.


Flamengo vice-president Ricardo Lomba spoke to Spanish outlet ​Sport about his star player before he was called up for the Brazilian national team in the recent international break. 

He said, "Now he's gone with the national team, it's clear he's climbed up a step. We want him to stay and will do everything we can to keep him at the club where he's developed as a player."