Major League Soccer

Inter Miami lodge bid for Palmeiras midfielder Raphael Veiga

Chris Smith
Veiga appears to be in the crosshairs of Inter Miami, NYCFC, and Orlando City.
Veiga appears to be in the crosshairs of Inter Miami, NYCFC, and Orlando City. / ANDRE PENNER/GettyImages

Inter Miami CF have lodged a $11m bid for Palmeiras playmaker Raphael Veiga, with New York City and Orlando City also interested.

The Herons are in desperate need of reinforcements having missed out on the MLS Cup Playoffs, finishing down in 11th in the Eastern Conference. Head coach Phil Neville has already confirmed he'll be overhauling his roster this winter.

"For me, tomorrow's the start of the rebuild," Neville said at the end of October. "This offseason will be massive for us and we've got a real big job to do this winter to get a roster next year that will mean that we can compete."

According to journalist Ekrem Konur, Miami have bid $11m for Veiga, though 90min understands that is still some way short of Palmeiras' valuation of the 26-year-old, with negotiations set to run on for some time yet. NYCFC and Orlando City - who both made the post-season - are also thought to be interested in acquiring the Brazilian.

Since joining Palmeiras from Coritiba in 2017, Veiga has scored 38 goals and provided a further 11 assists in 139 games across all competitions. He helped the club win a historic Campeonato Paulista, Copa Libertadores, and Copa do Brasil Treble in 2020.

At his best at the tip of the midfield operating behind the striker, Veiga is an expert in splitting open opposition defenses with precision passing. He's also unafraid to take shots from all angles and makes dangerous, late runs into the box.

This is arguably the role Rodolfo Pizarro was signed to play for Inter Miami, though the Mexican has managed just seven goals and nine assists in 47 appearances, generally underwhelming in Florida. With the Herons already having three Designated Players, at least one of Pizarro, Gonzalo Higuain, and Blaise Matuidi would have to be sold to facilitate a move for Veiga.