Highly rated Brazilian midfielder Rafael Leao is a proposed transfer target for Manchester United reports SkySports.com.
The 17-year-old South American starlet was one of five players in attendance at Old Trafford last weekend to see Sir Alex Ferguson’s side edge past Bolton Wanderers 1-0 in the Barclays Premier League.
Leao, currently playing for Desportivo Brasil, is tipped to be a star of the future and has been compared in style to World Cup winning international captain and former Brazil manager Dunga.
The Daily Mail has revealed that Leao has been enrolled in a new scheme that has been set up with FC Twente who will act as a holding club for potential signings so that when the time is right the player will qualify for a EU passport.
The co-operation agreement focuses on bringing through young players and will allow Manchester United to have first pick on the cream of Brazilian talent.
Having travelled to England last week, Leao spent time at the Red Devil’s Carrington based training ground where United’s coaching staff had chance to run the rule over the bright young star.
Predominantly employed as a defensive midfielder, the ‘next Dunga’ will likely be nurtured in Holland with Manchester United’s newfound parent club Twente where he can continue his footballing education with a view to developing into a Barclays Premier League star of the future.