PSG sporting director Leonardo is a confirmed admirer of the young goalscorer, but would have to negotiate with the Brazilians in order to reduce his astronomic valuationParis Saint-Germain could turn to another alumnus of the Internacional academy after being rebuffed in their efforts to sign Alexandre Pato, with reports suggesting that Leandro Damiao has replaced the AC Milan player as a top transfer target.
The French club were close to sealing a lucrative deal with Milan and Pato, before the player declared his reluctance to move and caused the €35 million transfer to collapse.
Following this refusal, L'Equipe reports that 22-year-old Damiao has become the latest target of the cash-rich club along with Arsenal and Juventus who have also been linked with an approach for the striker.
According to the newspaper, Damiao visited PSG at the end of 2011 after an invitation from sporting director Leonardo, who has been impressed with the youngster's goalscoring exploits in Brazil.
The former Milan coach, however, is discouraged by Inter's high valuation of their talent. The Porto Alegre institution have a buy-out clause of €64 million inserted in Damiao's contract, and would be keen to see it matched before letting him leave.
Leonardo believes that the figure is far too high and would have to negotiate with directors of the Brazilian club to try and reduce the asking price to a more realistic sum.
Damiao enjoyed a spectacular 2011 season, scoring 40 goals in 51 appearances in all competitions, while also making his debut for the senior Brazil side.