Big guns pursue 9-yr-old wonder

Associated Press

Sao Paulo, January 28:

Nine-year-old Brazilian soccer player Jean Carlos Cherao is attracting interest from Manchester United and other top European teams. Jean, 4-foot-6 and 34kg, plays for the youth teams of Associacao Desportiva Atletica in Parana. “Seven or eight European clubs have already contacted us to know more about Jean,” team president Adilson Batista Prado said. “They want to know what he is all about, and I tell them he’s a phenomenon, probably the best player to come out of Brazil.”

Prado and team officials confirmed that representatives of Manchester United have asked for videotapes of his matches. Prado said teams from Portugal, France and Germany have made contact, and local media identified FC Porto as one of the teams.