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Official: Barcelona sign Sao Paulo wonderkid Gustavo Maia

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Barcelona have confirmed the signing of highly-rated teenager Gustavo Maia from Sao Paulo and included a €300m release clause in his contract.

After reports first emerged over a deal earlier this summer, Barcelona have finally confirmed Gustavo Maia will join from Sao Paulo for next season in a €4.5m transfer.

The 19-year-old has put pen to paper on a five-year contract until 2025. More interesting, though, is the fact Barcelona have already slapped a €300m release clause on him. For a relatively unknown teenager, that was a big move.

Maia will spend next season with Barca B and hope to earn a chance in the first-team later on.

“Barcelona have reached an agreement with Sao Paulo for the signing of Gustavo Maia, who will join Barca B,” read a statement on the club’s website.

“The Brazilian has signed a contract through to June 30, 2025, with a buyout clause of 300 million euros. The total cost of the operation is 4.5 million euros.

“Gustavo Maia is 19 years old and joined Sao Paulo at the age of 14. After three trials with the club, he was brought into their academy, and since then has scored goals and won seven trophies at all levels. His best season in front of goal was in 2018, when he scored 30 times in 36 games.

“An international for Brazil at Under-16 and Under-17 level, he is a fast forward who usually plays on the left side – even though he is right footed.

“He continued to make appearances for Sao Paulo’s second team, even when called up to the senior squad. A strong dribbler, with a powerful shot, he was a standout in the Copa Junior tournament.”

Check out the four other players the Blaugrana have already signed as well this summer here.