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Jan 14, 2022
POOL/AFP via Getty Images Despite it being a pretty unremarkable small city on the coast of Sao Paulo state, the name Santos is known worldwide for the undeniable impact it has had on football. In the late 1950's its discovery of Pele provided Brazil with a teenager capable of leading South America's largest country to its first World Cup while two more Jules Rimet trophies followed in 1962 and 1970. During that dominance only interrupted by England's 1966 win on home soil, Santos became arguably the greatest club team of all time worthy of being spoken about in the same conversation as AC Milan in the late 1980s and Pep Guardiola's FC Barcelona of the early 2010's. And as they look to return to that era spearheaded by one of its leading players, Xavi Hernandez, the Blaugrana are said to be interested in two more emerging stars from the outfit that also produced the likes of Neymar and Rodrygo. According to Mundo Deportivo, the Catalans have their eyes on 18-year-old Kaiky Fernandes and 17-year-old Angelo Gabriel. While the former is a right-handed central defender rated at $9.2mn, he has played 37 games in all competitions in his debut season and has stood out for his leadership qualities by captaining one of the Brazil national team's youth categories. MORE FOR YOU The latter, like Neymar, is a left-sided winger who is currently valued at $11.5mn and has featured more with 42 outings yet has scored just one goal and provided a single assist. What must be noted however is that his sole successful effort saw him becoming the youngest scorer in the history of the continent's equivalent of the Champions League, the Copa Libertadores. As is often the case, Barca will compete with a number of other outfits for their capture, and their relationship with Santos is hardly peachy given the problems that the $98.5mn deal for Neymar in 2013 brought. On the other hand, Real Madrid have far better harmony with the Paulistas given the ease of capturing Rodrygo before his 18th birthday, though they are more than stacked in these positions given the rise of Vinicius Jr and the emergence of Eder Militao at center back.