Guerra confident of keeping Manchester United's Brazilian defender target

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Reported Manchester United target Antonio Carlos will remain at Brazilian second division side Oeste until November, according to the club's director of football, Mauro Guerra.

Sky Sports reports how the 19-year-old defender - who is contracted to Brasileirao side Corinthians - has attracted interest from the Premier League giants, after catching the attention of their scouts in South America. 

Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson is believed to be monitoring the Brazil U20 international's signature, as he continues his development in his country's second tier, with the opportunity for regular first-team football.

Guerra admitted that Oeste have no control over Carlos's long-term future, but said that he hopes the lure of European football will not prevent him from seeing out his short term contract at the Idenor Picardi Semeghini Stadium.

"The player is under contract with us until the end of the Second Division," he told Globo Esporte. "But he is still a Corinthians player, so Corinthians have all the power in negotiations.

"When their board decide to have the player back he will have to return, be it to play for Corinthians or to negotiate with another club."

Carlos only signed for Corinthians from Audax Sao Paulo in 2012, but reported interest from Manchester United has meant the club could recall the defender and sell him on when the transfer window reopens in the summer.

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