Report: Manchester City lead chase for Brazil starlet Abner

A general view of the Etihad Stadium, home of Manchester City on September 10, 2011
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Manchester City lead the chase to sign Brazil starlet Abner from Coritiba.

Manchester City have reportedly held talks with Brazilian side Coritiba regarding teenage left-back Abner.

The 17-year-old, who has been likened to former Real Madrid and Selecao star Roberto Carlos, is also believed to be of interest to Benfica.

According to Goal.com, Coritiba director Felipe Ximenes is thought to have travelled to England to discuss the potential transfer.

Reports in Brazil claim that Benfica are willing to offer €5m (£4.3m), but the Citizens remain at the front of the queue.

Aleksandar Kolarov of Manchester City during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Hull City at the Etihad Stadium on August 31, 2013
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