West Ham United on the verge of sealing Luis Guilherme deal

West Ham United are reportedly closing in on agreeing to a deal worth £20 million with Palmeiras for 18-year-old Brazilian wonderkid Luis Guilherme.

According to a report by Graeme Bailey on HITC, Luis Guilherme has been the subject of interest from West Ham United. However, talks over signing the Brazilian wonderkid had stalled due to his wage demands. The discussions have reignited, with a deal worth £20 million on the cards for the Palmeiras whizkid.

Luis Guilherme: Yet another Palmeiras prodigy

Luis Guilherme is the latest highly-rated prodigy to graduate from the Palmeiras youth division. The Brazilian giants have produced many promising prospects in the last few years, with the hype train starting with Gabriel Jesus. Endrick, Estevao Willian, Guilherme, and Thalys have continued the trend since then.

Endrick will formally join Real Madrid next month, while Estevao Willian will likely complete his move to Chelsea in 2025. However, Guilherme might arrive in Europe before the other two prodigies. The 18-year-old wonderkid has been a target for almost every top club in Europe. However, he will likely use a mid-table outfit as a stepping stone to superstardom.

Meanwhile, the Brazilian whizkid has been busy in the 2024 season thus far, chipping in with one goal and one assist in 18 appearances across different levels. However, Luis Guilherme’s stint with Palmeiras will likely end in the summer transfer window, with a move to West Ham United on the cards.

London calling?

West Ham United recently emerged in the race to sign Luis Guilherme in the summer transfer window. The Hammers are keen on bolstering the offensive department ahead of the 2024/25 season, with Julen Lopetegui preferring the new additions to be on the younger side instead of closer to their peak years.

However, the move for Guilherme stalled this week due to his wage demands, while Palmeiras considered selling him to a Saudi Pro League club. However, the discussions have revived in the last few days, with a deal worth £20 million on the cards.

West Ham will also likely satisfy Luis Guilherme’s wage demands, although they might have slightly petered. It will be interesting to see if the East London club can quickly finalise a deal worth £20 million to sign the 18-year-old Brazilian wonderkid.

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