Santos president Modesto Roma has revealed he has held meetings with a raft of top European clubs over the futures of Thiago Maia and Gabigol.
The president has claimed to have met with Premier League giants Manchester United and Chelsea over the futures of the talented duo, while he has also met with the likes of Spanish powerhouse Atletico Madrid.
The president denied, however, that the meetings directly revolved around the transfer of either player.
‘We had productive conversations,’ Roma told Goal.
‘We didn’t come to buy or sell players, neither in London or Madrid. We came to build up relationships.
‘There weren’t offers, but we did talk about partnerships. I talked to Manchester United, Chelsea and Atletico Madrid,’ he confirmed.
Chelsea are believed to have shown interest in the signing of Thiago Maia but have yet to have made a formal approach for the 19-year-old midfielder. Meanwhile, Manchester United are thought to have shown a greater interest in 19-year-old striker Gabigol.
Both Brazilians are currently in Rio competing for the Selecao at the Olympic Games.