Manchester United are closing in on the signing of Brazilian midfielder Rodrigo Dourado.
This has been reported by the Daily Mail, who claim that the Red Devils are ready to bring the 20-year-old to the club after sending scouts to Brazil to watch him in action for Internacional.
The youngster is extremely highly rated at his club, having made 20 appearances so far this season, and the same report has in fact suggested that he could act as the long term replacement for Michael Carrick, who is approaching the final stages of his career.
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It appears, though, that despite United looking set to sign him, they may not get their man until next month, with Internacional seemingly determined to keep the talented midfielder for the Copa Libertadores semi-finals.
With the transfer window still not upon us, United fans certainly won't be too worried about having to wait a while longer to bring the midfielder to the club, but it certainly appears that Louis van Gaal and Co. are on a mission to improve the club ahead of the 2015/16 campaign.
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With Dourado expected to arrive in Manchester in the near future, the Red Devils will also add talented Dutchman Memphis Depay to the squad after they agreed a deal with PSV to secure his signature.
Depay, of course, is recognised as one of the leading youngsters in world football, so United most certainly appear to be investing in youth under the Dutch regime at the Theatre of Dreams.
Right thing to do
One thing's for sure, Manchester United fans will be extremely pleased that the club are investing in the midfield department after Michael Carrick's injury struggles last term.
There's no doubt about it, when fit, the England international proved to be the Red Devils' most consistent player in the middle of the park last term, as he produced a number of magnificent performances to help the club secure a place in next year's Champions League.
Ultimately, though, he's not getting any younger, so it's crucial that the Manchester United hierarchy identify the man to replace him sooner rather than later. Dourado may well be that man, but signing the youngster from Brazil will certainly prove a risk for the club, as he has it all to prove at the highest level.
United certainly aren't hanging around this summer, so it could prove an exciting couple of months for the club's faithful.
Manchester United fans: Are you pleased that Dourado looks set to sign for your club? Have your say in the comments section below!
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