“He had gone on YouTube, searched ‘talents from Brazil’, Rodrygo had appeared and he was very young. He came to Brazil and liked him. They contacted me, the Liverpool director wanted him to be his first signing, Rodrygo.”
But the deal fell through after former City star Elano stepped in, as he knew that Rodrygo would be worth considerably more than the £3m that Liverpool were reportedly offering. Elano revealed to BBC Sport: “I went to the board and said, ‘No, no, we can’t let him leave for this.