Five facts about Tete: The Brazilian winger who dreams of playing for United

Shakhtar Donetsk forward Tete was quoted this week admitting he has ambitions of playing for Manchester United.

Tete told DAZN, reported by Mundo Deportivo: “I always want to make bigger leaps. It’s normal to dream from a young age to play for big teams and with me it’s no different.

“I always dream of playing for Liverpool, Manchester United, Barcelona, as I mentioned.”

This is the second time in 2020 Tete has talked this up, first doing so back in April.

“Three clubs are part of my dream in Europe: Barcelona, Manchester United and Liverpool. Gigantic clubs with fantastic managers and an incredible number of trophies. As a player, I dream of winning important titles and those clubs are incredible options to achieve that,” he told Esporte Interativo (via GOAL).

So, should United make his dream come true? Let’s first take a look at Tete and what he can offer…

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Five facts about Tete

1) Tete is 20-years-old and signed with Shakhtar Donetsk in February 2019. The Ukrainian side paid £13.5 million to sign him from Gremio, where he had yet to play a first team match. His performances at the under-20 World Cup had caught the eye.

2) In 57 games for Shakhtar, Tete has scored 14 goals and provided 12 assists.

3) Tete scored the opening goal and provided an assist in Shakhtar’s surprise 3-2 away victory over Real Madrid last month.

4) The young prospect mainly plays on the right wing – but he is left-footed. This season he has one goal and four assists in 14 games so far.

5) Tete has a pretty cool nickname. Futbol Grad report Tete is known as ‘the hurricane’ for the whirlwind devastation he causes to defences.

What they say…

When he signed, Shakhtar CEO Sergei Palkin told the club website: “He has some serious technique, shooting and passing. – He can play in many roles: on the right, as the number 10, and on the left. He’s a versatile player.

“It was really difficult because initially, Gremio didn’t want to hold any negotiations at all. They didn’t want to sell him.”

Teammate Taison was quoted by Revista Colorada earlier this year talking up Tete.

Taison said: “He’s a boy who a big future. He has everything as a player. He is still young, 19 to 20 years old, he will grow a lot.”

Staggering release clause

In with Shakhtar’s deal with Gremio, they agreed 15 per cent of a future sale will go to the Brazilian club.

So they will want a high fee. Palkin told the club website they have put a staggering release clause in Tete’s contract.

He said: “We believe that he’s our future, that Tete will grow into a big star. As for the clausula or compensation, today we’ve set our record amount – 150 million euros.”

In current exchange rates this works out at £133 million. Tete’s contract runs until 2023.

In reality, especially in this market, clubs will be able to negotiate a more reasonable amount, especially if it is one of Tete’s dream sides – as he is more likely to agitate for a move.

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Should United pay attention?

It’s no secret United lack wingers able to contribute at first team level.

But the club have recently invested in both Facundo Pellistri and Amad Traore, so the priority will be to see how both of them get on first.

Tete can do himself a favour over the next couple of years if he can lift his game and become more consistent, to score and assist at an even higher rate in the Ukrainian league.

United looked to Shakhtar once before, to sign Fred, and he is now working out as a shrewd investment.

If a long-discussed move for Jadon Sancho continues to look like poor value, and Tete’s star is on the rise, then there may be a chance.

He needs to earn it and try and stand out. His recent performance against Real Madrid was a step in the right direction.

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