Manchester United eye double swoop for £13m Brazilian stars

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Manchester United continue to be linked with a host of players in the January transfer window, with reports suggesting that the club could swoop for two Brazilian stars this month.

According to reports from Brazil cited by the Daily Star, the Premier League champions could move for Cruzeiro duo Dede and Everton Ribeiro - two players supposedly valued at around the £13 million mark.

Manchester United, who will attempt to successfully avenge their 2-1 FA Cup to defeat to Swansea when Michael Laudrup's side return to Old Trafford in the Premier League on Saturday evening, have had a largely underwhelming season to date under David Moyes.

Although they briefly threatened to return to some sort of form in December, 2014 has begun in truly wretched fashion with that aforementioned defeat to the Swans coming after another home defeat at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur and followed by a loss in the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

With Manchester United currently lying seventh in the Premier League, 11 points adrift of leaders Arsenal, it is of paramount importance that Moyes is able to sufficiently strengthen his squad with the market now open once again.

Dede, a 25-year-old defender who has earned nice caps for the senior Brazil team, has been with Cruzeiro since moving from Vasco da Gama in April.

Ribeiro, meanwhile, who has been frequently linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent weeks, is a 24-year-old attacking midfielder who also joined A Raposa earlier this year.

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