Sao Paulo make bid for Sporting Lisbon star

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Rio de Janeiro, March 18 (IANS) Sao Paulo have made an offer to sign highly rated Brazilian teenage footballer Matheus Pereira from Sporting Lisbon, according to media reports.

Pereira has made 17 first-team appearances for the Portuguese outfit and scored five goals since being promoted from the club’s youth ranks last year, reports Xinhua.

But the 19-year-old has lost his place in Jorge Jesus’s team in recent weeks and Sao Paulo have tried to capitalise by offering to sign the player on loan, Brazilian portal Lance reported on Thursday.

Pereira joined Sporting Lisbon’s junior academy from Brazilian outfit Trafaria in 2010.

Sao Paulo are in danger of being eliminated from the Copa Libertadores — South America’s top club competition — during the group stage with just two points from their first three matches.

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