Brazilian starlet Everton Ribeiro has revealed he is seeking a move to Manchester United, while his agent confirmed talks wight he Premier League champions have begun.
The 24-year-old was named the Brazilian player of the year as he helped Cruzeiro claim the Brasileiro league title - and that form has attracted interest from some of Europe's biggest clubs.
Manchester United are one of those said to be interested, while Liverpool and Real Madrid have also been linked with making a move for the midfielder.
However reports have gathered pace that the Red Devils are in the driving seat to land the talented playmaker - and now Ribeiro himself has confirmed a move to Old Trafford is likely ahead of a switch to the Bernabeu.
“The structure they have there is one of the best in the world. There were more than five pitches on the training ground, I was impressed. I have already visited for a lecture with Sir Alex Ferguson.”
According to his agent, the move to Manchester United could well happen sooner rather than later, with boss David Moyes said to be keen on completing the deal.
"Manchester United want him," said his agent, Robson Ferreira.
‘David Moyes has been impressed. I’ve already been to England and talked personally with them.
"In United’s opinion, he is the complete midfielder."
Cruzeiro continue to insist that the player is not for sale.