Crystal Palace set to beat Leeds with the signing of Peterborough teenage star Adler Nascimento on a professional contract – as Patrick Vieira continues squad overhaul
- Crystal Palace to win the race for Peterborough’s Adler Nascimento
- The 16-year-old attacker is highly regarded and Posh tried to keep him
- Leeds, Wolves and Brighton have all expressed interest in the teen this year
- Nascimento only made his first-team debut for Peterborough last season
Crystal Palace to win the race for Peterborough star Adler Nascimento.
Peterborough hoped to convince teenage striker Nascimiento to stay after offering him a new scholarship and a professional deal.
But the promising Portuguese youngster, 16, is instead on the cusp of completing a transfer to the Selhurst Park club.
Crystal Palace to win the race for Peterborough’s teenage striker Adler Nascimento, 16′
New Palace boss Patric Vieira continues his early overhaul of the Eagles first team
Nascimento had been prolific for the Peterborough youth teams, playing for their under-18s aged just 15. His progress through the ranks earned him involvement in Darren Ferguson’s plans for the first team last season.
Nascimento made his senior debut on the final day of the campaign, winning 4-1 to newly promoted Peterborough in Doncaster.
Owner Darragh MacAnthony revealed in January that Wolves and Brighton had taken steps for Nascimento. This summer, Leeds was also excited, but he is now heading towards Palace.
Posh owner Darragh MacAnthony (above) has failed to tie Nascimento to a new contract
They are in talks with Peterborough to try to reach an agreement on a fee, with the Championship side taking around £500,000. If no compromise can be found, the case will be settled by a tribunal.
Nascimento, who also qualifies for England, will move to Palace’s academy and his own prospects at an exciting time. They have recently spent £20 million to renew their youth care facilities and Palace’s academy now has Category 1 status.
Meanwhile, new manager Patrick Vieira has promised to give the club’s young players opportunities.
Vieira (right) has pledged to give young people like Michael Olise (left) more opportunities
He said, ‘You have the structure of the football club with this new facility, the new academy.
“I spent a few years with… [Manchester] City, and working with some of the best young players in the country has really taught me to understand what it takes, what you need to develop a young talent.
“But I believe that this football club has a very good reputation when it comes to developing young players. When you see all the young players coming through the academy to play for the first team, I think this football club has worked well.
“So it works for those people – I can see if I can bring some of my experience to them to produce even more players.”