Manchester United are making moves to sign Rodrigo Dourado from Internacional, report Italian website Tuttomercatoweb.
The 20-year-old is a central midfielder who it is suggested could be a long-term replacement for 33-year-old Michael Carrick.
United struggled without the England international last season, but may require a more experienced player than Dourado for their midfield too.
Dourado has played in six Copa Libertadores games this season and was linked by The Telegraph two months ago.
He has represented Brazil at youth level, and TMW report United are attempting to close the deal, with him highly recommended by their South American scouts.
He would become the club's second signing of the summer, following Dutch international Memphis Depay who signed from PSV last month.
Dourado would be the second Brazilian competing for a spot in United's midfield, along with Andreas Pereira, who is more of an attacking player.
The Red Devils have had poor success with Brazilian midfielders over the years, with Kleberson, Anderson and Rodrigo Possebon all failing to live up to expectations.