Deco has reportedly advised Barcelona to sign 15-year-old Brazilian whizkid Rayan Vitor Simplico Costa from Vasco da Gama in 2024.
According to a report by Spanish publication SPORT, Rayan Vitor Simplico Costa is the subject of interest from Barcelona over a possible move in the 2024 summer transfer window. Deco has discovered the 15-year-old Brazilian whizkid, who currently plies his trade for Vasco da Gama’s under-17 side.
Rayan Vitor Simplico Costa is one of the brightest young attacking prospects in Brazil, with the youngster capturing the attention of scouts across the world despite being only 15 years old. The teenage prodigy stands out for his imposing frame, as he is already 1.85m tall. He has also made an impression with his eye for a goal and tactical versatility.
The Brazilian wonderkid has started the 2022 season brilliantly, scoring 13 goals in ten games for the Vasco da Gama under-17 side. Rayan also represented Vasco in the Copa Sao Paulo de Juniores, one of the most prestigious youth tournaments in Brazil, scoring one goal in four games. The 15-year-old’s exploits have not gone unnoticed, with Barcelona taking note of his talent.
Rayan’s performances have caught the attention of Deco, with the former Portuguese international in charge of discovering prodigious prospects in Brazil for Barcelona. Coincidentally, Deco is also involved in Barcelona’s pursuit of Raphinha, with the 44-year-old being the Brazilian forward’s agent.
As for overseeing the scouting operation for Barcelona in Brazil, Deco has unearthed several prodigies, with Rayan the latest to emerge on his radar. The former Barcelona playmaker has advised the Blaugrana to pursue a move for the 15-year-old whizkid in the 2024 summer transfer window.
Rayan cannot leave Vasco da Gama till 2024 anyway, as FIFA rules prohibit clubs from signing foreign players under the age of 18. So Barcelona can continue to closely monitor Rayan’s progress in the next two years before possibly heeding Deco’s advice and signing him for Barcelona B.
2024 could be a busy year for Barcelona in the Brazilian market, with the Catalan giants also keen on signing another 15-year-old whizkid in Endrick. Interestingly, Endrick was the MVP in the Copinha, where Rayan also featured for Vasco da Gama’s under-20 side. And the duo could link up at FC Barcelona in two years.