Roma are reportedly close to securing 17-year-old Coritiba left-back Abner for €5m, beating Liverpool and Manchester City.
The defender is a starlet of the Brazil Under-17 side and already has four caps for the Under-20 team as well.
According to Sky Sport Italia, Roma are very close to completing a deal for Abner to arrive in January.
It would be a coup, as he is also of interest to the likes of Wolfsburg, Liverpool and Manchester City.
The Giallorossi already had a basic agreement with Abner before he damaged his cruciate ligament during the Under-17 World Cup in October.
He will not be fit again until April 2014, but Roma see him as a valuable investment for the future.