Reported €8m Manchester United target named Brazil's MVP

Cruzeiro insist no bid has been made for the 24-year-old - but his recent accolade will attract more attention.

We have all seen his name linked with Manchester United recently - and wondered if he has the credentials to be so heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford.

But Cruzeiro playmaker Everton Ribeiro can now certainly suggest that he is good enough.

The 24-year-old was last night officially awarded the Player of the Season award for the Campeanato Brasileiro - following in the footsteps of some of footballs most notorious and illustrious names as the best player in the Brazilian domestic season.

His performances have helped the Belo Horizonte side to the title this season - the clubs third title in their 92 year history.

Ribeiro was at the heart of it all - with the best passing ratio in the Brazilian league his eye for a pass was second to none and was key in them romping home - away from the likes of Atletico PR and Gremio.

Cruzeiro maintain that, despite the interest in his services no bid has been made by United for the player built in the Paul Scholes mould, with director of football Alexandre Mattos stating:

“There are no offers, just speculation. Everton Ribeiro said he dreams of playing for Manchester United, then people started talking, and they said he would cost €8 million [£6.7m] - that makes no sense. We turned down a €10m [£8.3m] offer for the percentage we own and that happened halfway through the season. Of course we are responsible, and if an absurd offer for Everton Ribeiro or any other player comes, we have to sell."

The other question is over who owns him outright. It is reported that he is 60% owned by the club, and 40% by an unknown third party - United want to avoid a sticky Carlos Tevez-like mess with the player.

But the opportunity to sign the best player in the Brazilian league only comes around every once in a while.

And United might just have to try and take it.

image: © jonnyr1

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