The next Dani Alves? Wesley set to add the 'Gasolina' to the Juventus engine

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The 19-year-old is one of the world's most highly-rated young full-backs and has revealed he is set to join the Serie A champions on a free transfer

Cafu, Dani Alves, Maicon - Brazil has produced some of the best right-backs of the last 30 years, and now Juventus look to have got their hands on the latest flying full-back off the Selecao production line.

Wesley de Oliveira, known predominantly by his first name, confirmed on Thursday that he is set to sign a contract with the Serie A champions after rejecting the opportunity to stay at Flamengo.

The 19-year-old has been linked with the Bianconeri for a number of months and, with Mino Raiola pulling the strings in the background, the deal is now set to be rubber-stamped ahead of next season.

But who exactly is Wesley?

Born in the state of Bahia, he made the move to Flamengo as a 10-year-old having been spotted playing futsal, and soon became a key figure in their success at youth level, working his way through the ranks to help them win numerous age-group trophies.

He has also tasted international success, winning the South American Under-17 Championship in 2017 with Brazil before helping his country to the semi-finals of the U17 World Cup in the same year, though his goal in the last four proved merely a consolation against a Rhian Brewster-inspired England.

The last year of his life has been blighted somewhat by contract disputes with his boyhood club, with his unwillingness to commit to a new deal meaning he has barely played any football during the last 12 months.

He has now, though, chosen Italy as the place to call home despite interest from clubs in Spain and the Netherlands, with Juve acquiring him on a free transfer.

At home as either a full-back in a four-man defence or a wing-back with three central defenders, perhaps what marks Wesley out more than anything else is his energy to get up and down the pitch.

Though he is slightly more adept at providing crosses from the by-line than he is winning duels in his own defensive third, he has earned the nickname 'Gasolina' during his time in youth football due to his propensity to be constantly charging up and down the flank.

"It came from when I used to play on the futsal courts," he said when asked about the moniker. "I kept running.

"Then a fan started calling me 'Gasolina'. It caught on, and even on the field I was being called it. Everyone calls me 'Gasolina' today."

Such a willingness to run forward has understandably seen Wesley compared with Brazil right-backs of the recent past, and he will be hoping to emulate Dani Alves once he arrives in Turin.

The 35-year-old helped Massimiliano Allegri's side win the domestic double during his sole season in Italy in 2016-17 while he also played a key role at both ends of the pitch as Juve reached the Champions League final.

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And the current Paris Saint-Germain star is a player Wesley has looked up to in the past, saying: "I look at Dani Alves. He is fast and skilful.

"Sometimes I watch some of his videos and try to do the same. Sometimes it works, sometimes it does not work!"

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Either way, he will gain time to learn at Juventus, with the particular hope that the Italian outfit will be able to aide his defensive play before he breaks into the first team.

Joao Cancelo and Mattia De Sciglio are currently locked in as Allegri's two first-choice full-backs on the right-hand side and, as such, it would be a surprise to see Wesley on the pitch at all in the early months of next season.

But were his development to continue, then Juventus might just have found themselves a player to run and run for years to come.

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