Manchester United could be set to add to their squad, with reports suggesting that they have opened talks with the Brazilian FA over a potential deal for playmaker Everton Ribeiro.
According to reports in Brazil cited by the Daily Star, the Premier League champions are looking to find a solution to the fact that Ribeiro is currently 40% owned by a third party separate from current club Cruzeiro - something that has been strictly prohibited in the Premier League since 2008 in the wake of the debacle involving Argentine duo Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano.
Ribeiro - also linked with Premier League rivals Liverpool - is 24-years-old and previously represented both Corinthians and Coritiba before moving to the Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto in January.
Manchester United are reportedly eyeing a bid of around £7 million to bring the former Brazil U20 international to Old Trafford, where he would link-up with compatriots Rafael, Fabio and Anderson.
Indeed, the player himself would appear to be keen on a potential switch to the Red Devils, with Ribeiro having confessed an affection for the club earlier this week.
Given Manchester United's well-documented struggles under the tutelage of new boss David Moyes so far this season, it is perhaps unsurprisingly to learn that they are hoping to bolster their attacking unit with someone evidently capable of providing an element of samba flair and a dash of the unexpected.