Brazilian club Cruzeiro have denied rumours that Manchester United are about to sign their midfielder Everton Ribeiro. The 24-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to United in recent weeks. Rumours have been suggesting that United have made him one of the transfer targets to pursue in January. The club failed to add to any attacking talent during the summer. They brought in Marouane Fellaini from Everton for £27 million.
He has not been used as an attacking midfielder, although it could largely be down to the injury situation at United. Fellaini was often used as a front man by David Moyes at Everton. United are thought to value Ribeiro at £8 million, but Cruzeiro have stated that they have already received far better offers from clubs across the world. According to Sky Sports, the Brazilian club's director of football, Alexandre Mattos said:
"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 €8million (£6.7m) - that makes no sense.
"We turned down a €10million (£8.3m) offer [from the Middle East] for the percentage we own and that happened halfway through the season."
Ribeiro said only recently that joining a big club like United is one of his dreams. United already have a lot of competition for places in the position where Ribeiro plays, and a potential transfer could result in some departures. Shinji Kagawa would have been the first names to depart United after having seen little football over the last few months.
However, he was one of United's best players in the 5-0 demolition of Bayer Leverkusen. This performance may just be enough to nail down a first-team spot over the next few weeks.
As with many other Brazilian players, Ribeiro is also owned by several parties other than the club. Looking at the demands of Cruzeiro alone, the transfer fee could stretch close to £15 million and this is before getting to the demands of the investors. United may baulk at paying this figure for a player unproven in Europe.
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