Brazilian prospect's agent confirms Manchester United meeting, cut-price deal in pipeline

Atletico Paranaense striker Douglas Coutinho could be a target for Manchester United, according to the player's agent.

Manchester United may have splashed out £150m on new signings in the summer, but that won't stop Louis van Gaal making more additions in January.

With an injury crisis in defence, van Gaal must bring in at least one more centre back, whilst most expect ex-Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes to join the ranks having trained with the club for the last few weeks.

However, adding a new striker could still be on the agenda - which may seem like a surprise to some, but it does actually make some sense.

Wayne Rooney, Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie will all be over 29 by March, and adding a younger striker with pace and potential is something that should be on van Gaal's agenda.

Trabzonspor's Abdul Majeed Waris has been strongly linked after Ryan Giggs went to Turkey to scout the Ghanaian, but a new name is now in the frame - Douglas Coutinho.

The 20-year-old Brazilian is currently plying his trade with Atletico Paranaense, and has scored 19 goals in 64 games for the club.

However, Atletico Paranaense are now strapped for cash after the World Cup stadium build, and are willing to sell their promising young striker in January.

According to his agent Taciano Pimenta, Coutinho is a target for Manchester United, and he will travel to Old Trafford for a meeting over their interest soon.

"I had a query about interest and Manchester United," he said. "Obviously if they want to buy, the interest to sell is there. I go to see if it's official."

If United's interest is real, then it shouldn't be too hard to negotiate a deal with Atletico Paranaense, whilst it's abundantly clear that van Gaal appears to be interested in a small, quicker type of striker as the January transfer window draws ever closer.

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