Manchester United fans - who have witnessed their side suffer an uncharacteristically poor start to the 2013/14 season - could perhaps be forgiven for feeling a sudden curious surge of optimism on Wednesday.
Not only did the Red Devils banish memories of their wretched last-gasp draw against newly-promoted Cardiff City on Sunday with a quite emphatic 5-0 victory over Bundesliga title hopefuls Bayer Leverkusen that secured their place in the last 16 of the Champions League, but reports also claimed that the club had entered into discussions over a potential deal for a Brazilian midfielder.
The player in question is Everton Ribeiro, a former Brazil youth international currently plying his trade in his homeland with Campeonato Brasileiro Série A champions Cruzeiro.
Those aforementioned discussions were not with his club, however, but rather with the Brazilian FA. This is apparently because Ribeiro is 40% owned by a third party, an arrangement strictly forbidden in English football.
Personally, I believe that this is a potential deal that, if completed, could provide the further spark that Manchester United need to further revitalise their previously faltering ambitions.
With United reportedly eyeing a bid of a rather paltry £7 million, the deal would appear to have little risk attached to it.
Ribeiro, who has spent his entire career in Brazil, has obviously never been given the chance to sample the heightened physicality traditionally offered in European football, but his ability and skill in possession is in little doubt.
Before last night's demolition in Leverkusen, Manchester United's attack - with the likes of the brilliant Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Adnan Januzaj the notable exceptions - often appeared somewhat lacklustre and lacking in that crucial spark.
If Manchester United can successfully negotiate any potential complications that could arise from Ribeiro's rather tricky ownership arrangement, then the club and manager David Moyes should be rightfully applauded.
Ribeiro can provide the necessary flair and ability to perfectly compliment his more-illustrious teammates.
In the likes of Ashley Young, Anderson and Tom Cleverley, Manchester United have too many supposedly attack-minded players whose lack of effectiveness and ability on the ball can often render the club's attacks dull and utterly pedestrian.
Ribeiro, however, is well capable of usurping that uninspiring trio with some of that classic samba flair and his signing would be most welcome at Old Trafford.
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