With the January transfer window fast approaching, whispers of winter moves are beginning to emerge.

There was an interesting one for Celtic fans as a report in Brazil stated that their club are looking to snap up a 20-year-old youth international for the Selecao.

Manager Ange Postecoglou has already confirmed that work has begun for the next window, and he's no stranger to shopping in overseas markets.

The Australian brought Kyogo Furuhashi with him from Japan, and had a number of Brazilian talents at Yokohama F Marinos.

Unless you're very familiar with the Brazilian Serie A though it's unlikely that Henrique will be a name on your radar so Record Sport has taken a deep dive on the potential new arrival.

Who is Fernando Henrique?

Fernando Henrique of Gremio (left) has been linked with a move to Celtic
Fernando Henrique of Gremio (left) has been linked with a move to Celtic

The Brazilian is a 20-year-old defensive midfielder who began his career with ABC of Natal before joining the Gremio youth system at 16.

He was given his debut for the first team by Luiz Felipe Scolari in the 2021 season, making 19 appearances when Thiago Santos was out injured.

Henrique has been capped by his country up to Under-20 level and is under contract with his club until 2024.

What's he like as a player?

Standing around 5ft 10 and of slim build, Henrique doesn't stand out as being either undersized or particularly physically imposing.

The 20-year-old is good with both feet and is very much more in the Andrea Pirlo mode of defensive midfielder than the Roy Keane.

The youngster has managed a passing accuracy of 86 per cent in the 2021 season, but has made just four key passes and hasn't notched an assist yet.

However, Henrique showed at youth level that he does have the potential to spread the ball around the park, notching a stunning assist in a Sao Paolo Cup win over São Raimundo.

After picking the ball up in midfield under pressure, the midfielder sent a stunning left-footed ball in behind the defence for Léo Chú to score.

Thanks to his two-footed ability Henrique is capable of taking the ball almost anywhere on the pitch and that's reflected in his touch map.

The 20-year-old is always looking to get on the ball and will happily wander around the pitch to assure he does just that.

That quality is an important one for the way that Postecoglou wants to play, as is Henrique's ability under pressure.

While not particularly quick the Brazilian has the technique to dribble his way out of trouble.

He averages 1.16 dribbles per game, which is well below the 2.1 which current Celtic man Callum McGregor manages.

However, his success rate is 85 per cent compared to just 61 per cent for the Scotsman. A smaller sample size comes into play in that instance, but looking at footage of Henrique he's clearly a player who is comfortable dribbling with the ball.

In terms of goalscoring there's no question the midfielder can strike a ball and he's scored some spectacular goals at youth level as evidenced in the player above.

The fact he has scored some stunners though is also indicative of a tendency to shoot from less than ideal positions.

His expected goals (xG) per shot for this season is 0.01. In layman's terms that means that, statistically, Henrique is shooting from places where he has around a 1 per cent chance of scoring.

It looks spectacular when one does fly in the top corner, but don't expect it to happen too often.

As already outlined, Henrique is not a destroyer in the middle of the park and he wins just 50 per cent of his defensive challenges.

The 20-year-old is not afraid to get stuck in to a tackle, averaging four per game, but again he wins around half of them - explanation enough for why he gets booked almost every other game.

Which players is he similar to?

If you were looking for a player to compare him to in terms of playing style if not ability, look no further than Marco Verratti of Paris Saint-Germain of Italy.

Fine range of passing, good dribbler, fond of a yellow card and not much of a goalscorer.

How would he fit in at Celtic?

PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL - JULY 10: (L-R) Johnny Cardoso of Internacional and Fernando Henrique of Gremio fight for the ball during the match between Gremio and Internacional as part of Brasileirao Series A 2021 at Arena do Gremio Stadium on July 10, 2021, in Porto Alegre, Brazil. (Photo by Silvio Avila/Getty Images)

If the interest from Parkhead is genuine it would appear to make perfect sense.

Henrique looks like exactly the kind of player the Aussie boss likes, and at 20 he should only improve.

Midfielders in South America aren't known for being shy and retiring, so the hurly-burly of the Premiership is unlikely to be a culture shock even if Glaswegian winters would be.

However, it's worth remembering we've got a small sample size of what Henrique can do at senior level.

Add to that the fact he hasn't featured for Gremio since September 15 and his signing would be far from a sure thing.

A reported £3.6m asking price is above the "worth a punt" level of Scottish clubs, but if a deal happens and Henrique produces his best he could be a seriously special talent.

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