Manchester United set to swoop for Brazilian teen

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Brazilian teenager Gabriel Fernando has turned down the opportunity to sign for Manchester City and is set to join rivals Manchester United instead, according to the Daily Mail.

Fernando, 16, has spent the past 16 months training with the Manchester City academy having joined from Sporting Lisbon. But the report claims he's ready to turn down the offer of a scholarship at City and will instead sign for United.

It's thought City were eager to officially sign Fernando, but the 16-year-old announced his decision to leave the club on his personal Twitter account last week.

He said: "I would like to thank all the manchester city fans for there [sic] support and the stuff to help me develop my game @MCFC."

He then replied to a follower who asked him where he was going by saying: "Staying in the premiership." And he was asked if he'd been released or had refused to stay, he said: "Refused."

The report claims Manchester United are now favourites to sign the teenage playmaker, and David Moyes is expected to him offer a scholarship deal.

It would represent quite a coup for Moyes, who's yet to sign a first-team player since he replaced Sir Alex Ferguson earlier this summer. His only signing to date is the Uruguayan full-back Guillermo Varela.

Fernando is billed as an 'exciting attacking midfield player" by the Daily Mail, but he would be one for the future.

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