UPDATE (Jan. 20, 11:40 am ET): Brazilian youth international forward Lincoln has officially left Flamengo and signed with Japanese club Vissel Kobe, the club announced Wednesday.
FC Cincinnati were in negotiations about potentially signing the 20-year-old but, as MLSsoccer.com reported last week, pulled out of the running.
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UPDATE (Jan. 14, 11:55 am ET): FC Cincinnati are now out of the running for Flamengo forward Lincoln, sources tell MLSsoccer.com.
Cincy are the latest club to pull out, following Huddersfield Town and a Cypriot club among others.
FC Cincinnati currently have Jurgen Locadia, Yuya Kubo, Brandon Vazquez, Alvaro Barreal and Franko Kovacevic as options across the front line. Head coach Jaap Stam has favored both a 4-3-3 and 5-3-2 formations since arriving.
The club are expected to open their brand new West End Stadium this season.
UPDATE (Jan. 13, 2:25 pm ET): Discussions between Flamengo and FC Cincinnati for Brazilian youth international forward Lincoln are ongoing, sources tell MLSsoccer.com.
Cincinnati are among a few teams hoping to acquire the player, battling with Japan’s Vissel Kobe namely. A source adds that Kobe have had a proposal accepted by Flamengo, while two other unnamed clubs have submitted bids. They would still need to agree to personal terms with Lincoln.
The figures reportedly being discussed would center around a loan fee in the region of $500,000 then a purchase clause around $3 million.
Globo Esporte previously reported English club Huddersfield Town were interested as well. The same outlet reported that Flamengo have removed Lincoln from training in fear that an injury would sink any potential deal.
Lincoln, who just turned 20 last month, has been capped extensively with Brazilian youth national teams. He was given Brazil’s famed No. 9 jersey at the 2019 South American Championships, scoring a team-high three goals, but Brazil failed to qualify for the U-20 World Cup. He represented his country at the 2017 U-17 World Cup, which Brazil finished third at. He scored three goals at the tournament as well.
The attacker has scored four goals in 33 appearances for Flamengo across all competitions since being promoted to the first team in 2018. Lincoln made his professional debut aged 16.
UPDATE (Jan. 4, 1:05 pm ET): FC Cincinnati reportedly submitted a proposal to Flamengo for a loan deal through July with a purchase option after if certain options, like games played, are met, Globo Esporte reports. The Brazilian club reportedly, though, are not interested in a loan deal and would rather sell the young forward and have submitted a counter-proposal. Huddersfield Town of the English Championship were also linked, but their interest has reportedly cooled.
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FC Cincinnati are reportedly interested in promising Flamengo forward Lincoln, but there appears to be plenty of competition for his signature.
The forward, who turned 20 on Dec. 16, is reportedly not in the Brazilian club’s plans although he’s under contract through Dec. 31, 2023. He’s currently training with the U-20s, Globo Esporte reports.
Lincoln has scored four goals in 33 appearances for the senior team in all competitions since being promoted on Jan. 1, 2018, including three in 20 appearances in 2020. Lincoln made his professional debut for Flamengo at age 16, coming on as a substitute against Corinthians in a Brazilian Serie A match.
FC Cincinnati have also been linked with Atalanta star Papu Gomez, who will reportedly be departing the Italian club after a dust up with the club’s manager.
“We’re looking for a high-profile DP, a decision-maker,” FC Cincinnati GM Gerard Nijkamp told media on a virtual press conference when asked if the club were looking for a DP attacking midfielder. “We’re working on that.”
Huddersfield Town of the English Championship has been in contract with a loan offer, according to the Daily Mail, and there is reportedly expectations Ukraine side Dynamo Kyiv will return with additional interest after a deal was nearly struck in October.
Flamengo accepted an offer from Pafos FC to speak with Lincoln, but a formal deal, with salary and term from the Cyprian club, never materialized.
Lincoln, who can also play on either wing, has 13 goals in 29 appearances for Brazilian youth national teams.