Gilvan de Pinho Tavares has warned that Manchester United and Liverpool target Everton Ribeiro will not be allowed to leave Cruzeiro for less than €10million next summer, after revealing plans to keep the winger until after the Copa Libertadores, reports Sport Witness.
In an interview with Super Esportes, the Brazilian club's president explained that an offer of that amount from an unnamed Italian club has already been turned down, and warned that Ribeiro's valuation is in fact much higher.
Manchester United have been heavily linked with a move for the South American in the past week, with David Moyes believed to be planning an attempt to lure the 24-year-old to Old Trafford.
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has also been credited with an interest in bringing Ribeiro to Anfield, with the Daily Mirror suggesting he is lined up as a possible replacement for Iago Aspas, who has disappointed since his arrival from Celta Vigo in the summer.
Either way, any hope Manchester United or Liverpool had of signing Ribeiro in January have been dealt a blow, following the latest revelations.
"Let's keep him [Ribeiro] for the Libertadores and at the end of the competition, we can assess whether or not to sell," said Tavares.
"Just guarantee that if this happens the value is much higher than €10million."