Manchester United are considering a summer move for Rodrigo Dourado, the highly-rated Internacional starlet that has been likened in playing style to Barcelona's defensive midfield diamond Sergio Busquets.
According to the Daily Telegraph, Red Devils scouts watched the 21-year-old in action against Brasil de Pelotas last weekend, and after returning favourable reports Louis van Gaal is now weighing up an attempt to bring the player to Old Trafford.
Dourado's positional awareness and ability on the ball has attracted admiring glances from the veteran Dutch coach, who is keen to further strengthen his first-team squad at the Theatre of Dreams ahead of next season.
The Brazilian youth international can also play in a more advanced attacking midfield or forward position, but it's in a deep-lying playmaker role that suits the talented youngster best, and has ultimately caught the attention of the Premier League giants.
Incidentally, Dourado is currently team-mates with former Manchester United midfielder Anderson after the flop signing from FC Porto in 2007 moved to Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre during the January transfer window.
He will be able to fill Dourado in on what it's like to play at Old Trafford and could play a decisive role in convincing the burgeoning star to - work permit permitting - embrace a new challenge in England.
Red Devils supporters will just hope the young talent proves to carve out a more successful career than what Anderson managed during his seven-and-a-half year spell with the club, during which time he made 179 appearances in all competitions and contributed nine goals.
He spent the first half of the 2014/15 campaign on loan in Italy with Serie 'A' outfit Fiorentina after Van Gaal deemed the South American surplus to requirements, but his struggles continued and culminated in a return to his homeland at the turn of the year.
With question marks surrounding the fitness of Michael Carrick at Manchester United the former Netherlands head coach wants to bring in a long-term replacement for the veteran midfielder.
One for the future...
The 33-year-old recently penned a one-year extension to his deal which now expires in the summer of 2016, by which point Dourado could've signed on and been sculpted into the England international's successor.
Manchester United fans: Do you like the sound of Rodrigo Dourado as the 'new Sergio Busquets'? Where do you think he'll fit in at Old Trafford? Have your say below…
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