Club director comments on mystery offer for Manchester United target

Fluminense director Fernando Simone has confirmed that offers have been made for Manchester United-linked young striker Kenedy.

The 19-year-old currently plies his trade in his homeland of Brazil, and is a former member of his nation’s Under-17 side.

He was also part of the Under-20 side who finished fourth in the 2015 South American Youth Championship, scoring one goal in seven games.

The Guardian have previously linked the highly rated youngster with a transfer to Manchester United, who have long looked towards Brazil as a source of young talent. Due to his age, a transfer would be able to go through as soon as a deal were agreed, although the Premier League club would undoubtedly struggle to secure a work permit for Kenedy, due to his lack of appearances for the senior international side.

Fluminense director Fernando Simone has confirmed that a suitor, which may be United or Italian side Inter, has submitted a formal offer for Kenedy, although it came nowhere near the club’s valuation of their starlet.

When asked by TMW about United and Inter’s interest, Simeone said: “We have received formal offers of €5-6 million, but will certainly not sell.

“How much [would we sell him for]? We do not put a fixed price, we can say that without haste.”

With the increased monetary backing in Brazilian club football - especially at the top level - there is no need for clubs to sell their prize talents for negligible fees as there has been in the past.

Fluminense can ultimately negotiate with clubs like United and Inter at their own whim, although the player himself could force through a move, with the two reportedly interested parties amongst the biggest clubs in world football.

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