Bayern Munich Join Race For Brazilian Youngster Mario Fernandes - Report

The teenage defender appears to be on his way to Europe, with several top sides interested...
According to a report on Germany, Bundesliga powerhouse Bayern Munich are closely monitoring the situation of Gremio defender Mario Fernandes.

The Bavarians are keen to add an extra defender to their squad after the departure of Brazilian international Lucio to Inter last summer, and head coach Louis van Gaal reportedly considers 19-year-old Mario Fernandes as the perfect candidate.

The versatile teenager, who can act both as a centre-back and as a right-back, made his official debut for Gremio earlier this year and has attracted the interest of several big teams with his impressive performances since.

Sportmediaset claims that reigning Italian champions Inter are also keeping tabs on the hot prospect, while Juventus are believed to be interested in the young defender too.

It's not yet known whether Gremio are interested in cashing in on their prized asset, but they could probably be tempted to let go of Mario Fernandes if a good offer comes in.

Stefan Coerts,