Manchester United ask Brazilian FA for clarity on target to avoid Tevez-like situation

Old Trafford

United are said to have asked the Brazilian FA for the ownership status of Cruzeiro midfielder Everton Ribeiro.

After watching Manchester United thrash Bayer Leverkusen 5-0 last night you miught just be wondering if David Moyes has finally made it click at Old Trafford.

Obviously not - the previous result against Cardiff City highlighted the fragility of this current United side and that improvement was still needed.

One area in particular where the team needs to invest is in the midfield. The team is looking for creative midfielders to affect the attacking game with clever passing, dribbling ability and exceptional vision - and an ironically named Brazilian is appearing to catch the eye.

Several reports this week have linked United with a move for Cruzeiro playmaker Everton Ribeiro. He has also been linked with moves to Russia, China and Qatar recently - but he has admitted himself that the idea of playing for Manchester United is a dream:

"I will continue doing my job here at Cruzeiro but plan on getting to a big club. It's a dream I've had since young, I've always liked Manchester United."

And now reports are suggesting that United have made contact with the Brazilian FA to clarify the player’s current contract situation.

He is valued at £5 million - but like many Brazilian players is not entirely owned by his club. He is said to be 40% owned by a third party and of course the Premier League forbids third party ownership.

This came to light most significantly in the Premier League with a former Manchester United player. Sheffield United won significant compensation from The Hammers after they beat The Blades to relegation survival, with Tevez a pivotal figure in their success - despite being part owned by Kia Joorbachian’s third party.

Tevez went on to play for Manchester United - but the club do not want a similar affair to that which occurred before the Argentine arrived at Old Trafford.

Therefore they are exercising best practice according to this report, and ensuring that his signature would not cause more havoc than it would be worth. 

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