City in talks to sign Brazilian midfielder

Kristall Mani Ingason has been linked with transfer interest from Norwich City

Kristall Mani Ingason has been linked with transfer interest from Norwich City - Credit: Archant

Norwich City are in talks about signing Sao Paulo midfielder Gabriel Sara on a loan deal. 

An agreement to sign the 23-year-old is yet to be struck with his club but there is confidence from City's side that a deal will get done. 

Norwich are hoping to sign Sara on an initial loan deal with an option to buy upon promotion, just as they did with their first summer signing Isaac Hayden when he completed his move from Newcastle United last month. 

The Canaries have done similar deals to bring Ben Gibson and Dimitris Giannoulis to the club in the past. 

It's understood City have been exploring Brazil for potential loan options, with the club searching for a dynamic midfielder who could add a goal threat from the centre of the park.  

Sara is a youth product at the Estadio do Morumbi and scored 10 goals in an impressive season in 2021. The midfielder has been absent from the first-team since April through injury however, with an August return expected. 

Since the change in regulations due to Brexit, Norwich have been actively scouting in Brazil and have employed a scout in the region to search for talent. 

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They also confirmed a partnership with Brazilian top-flight side Coritiba earlier this summer as they step up their efforts in the region. 

Brexit rules has made South America a more viable area for potential recruits, with Norwich keen to explore the possibility of signing players from Brazil. 

Sara has been playing in the Brazilian top-flight and the Copa Sudamericana meaning he would be eligible for a work permit under the GBE regulations. 

Sao Paulo reportedly turned down an offer for Sara in January, but are now ready to sanction a move for the right price. 

The hope is that a deal with Sara can be agreed in the coming days.