United told to stump up for ideal playmaker target

The Premier League champions have been linked with Brazilian sensation Everton Ribeiro, but Cruzeiro have stated he will not be sold on the cheap.

With Manchester United looking to add creativity to their midfield in the January transfer window, plenty of transfer targets are being linked with a move to Old Trafford.

One that has been repeatedly mentioned of late is Cruzeiro’s Everton Ribeiro, who has starred for the Brazilian side this season in their championship success.

However, the Premier League champions have been warned that the star will not be allowed to leave for a reduced fee.

Cruzeiro executive Alexandre Mattos has admitted that the South American club will not allow the player to leave at cut-price, and that they have already turned down offers from overseas for Ribeiro.

"There are no deals, just speculation,” Mattos said.

“Everton Ribeiro said that he dreams of playing for Manchester United, then people started talking, and I was told that we would have sold for £8 million, which does not make sense.

"We declined an offer of £10 million last year from a club in the Middle East.”

As such it looks like United will have to pay in the region of £15 million for the South American playmaker, but even this should be money well spent.

A host of respected members of the footballing community in Brazil are calling for Ribeiro to be included in the national squad ahead of next summer’s World Cup.

The left-sided midfield talent would fit in perfectly on United’s left flank and offer creativity, individual skill and a vision that they are arguably missing in the position currently.

Given that fact that Ribeiro has not yet made his international debut, his transfer fee could well be a bargain.

If David Moyes leaves it for another 12 months, the star playmaker could well have a World Cup campaign under his belt, other European giants chasing him and a transfer fee that is double the current asking price.

image: © Paolo Camera

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