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United 'to miss out' on Brazil star

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Manchester United are one of a string of Premier League clubs set to miss out on Brazilian striker Luis Fabiano.

The Sevilla striker has started the World Cup in fine form, scoring a double against Ivory Coast that re-alerted potential suiters Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea.

However, the 29-year-old has reportedly told the Italian press that he wants a move to Serie 'A' side AC Milan.

Corriere dello Sport report that Spurs have made an enquiry for the forward, but Harry Redknapp met a response suggesting the former Sao Paolo striker would be heading to the San Siro.

Fabiano flattered to deceive in his early career, struggling to live up to his billing as the next Brazilian star at Ponte Preta and Rennes.

The move to homeland club Sao Paolo sparked Fabiano into life, and after three successful years he moved to Porto in 2004.

One unsuccessful season with the Portuguese club saw a move to La Liga, with Sevilla benefiting with the signing of the samba star. Scoring close to a goal every other game, Fabiano has become one of the top european strikers during his five years at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán.

Milan made an offer for the player in 2009 that was instantly rejected, but Fabiano has stressed his desire to leave the club and not signed a new contract. He is expected to leave this summer.

That put a string of Premier League clubs on alert, with the asking price set to drop to as low as £15 million.

Unless Ferguson, Ancelotti or Redknapp can do something to persuade Fabiano otherwise, their attentions could well be wasted this summer.

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