Real Madrid, Barcelona monitoring Gremio defender Mario Fernandes

Real Madrid and Barcelona are circling for Gremio defender Mario Fernandes.

Real Madrid and Barcelona are circling for Gremio defender Mario Fernandes.

The 19 year-old has been likened to Inter Milan centre-half Lucio and both Real and Barca's Brazilian scouts have delivered glowing reports on his progress.

Fernandes has played just 19 senior games with Gremio, but looks a natural and local sources say a move to Europe is likely over the next 12 months.

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