​Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is eyeing a move for highly rated young Brazilian defender Lucas Halter, according to the ​Mirror

Halter will turn 18 next month, but already is regarded as one of the best young centre backs in Brazil right now. The young defender is part of the youth set up at Atletico Paranaense and is just breaking through to the first team squad. Currently, he is the captain for the club at youth level. 

Halter is already being monitored by AS Roma and Atletico Madrid, with Man City being just the latest club to notice Halter's impressive ability at such a young age. 

He first started attracting interest with some strong performances for Brazil at the Under-17 World Cup last October. Brazil would reach the semi final where they were beaten 3-1 by eventual champions England. 

This week, Halter was called up to the Under-20 Brazil squad as his stock continues to rise. 

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Lucas Halter would be the latest samba star to join Man City's ranks, should the club win the race to sign him in the summer. City have a number of Brazilians who are key to their first team including Ederson, Fernandinho, Danilo, and Gabriel Jesus. 

19-year-old Douglas Luiz was signed by City last summer, also from a Brazilian club in Vasco da Gama. Pep Guardiola paid £14m to bring Luiz to Manchester, and he was immediately shipped out on loan to Girona. 

With central defenders Nicolas Otamendi and Vincent Kompany both now over the age of 30, perhaps Guardiola is planning for the future by attempting to bring in one of the brightest young defenders in the world.