Cruzeiro respond to Manchester United rumours

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Manchester United target Everton Ribeiro will only leave Cruzeiro on the Brazilian club's own terms, according to their director of football, Alexandre Mattos.

Sky Sports reports how the 24-year-old midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League champions, amid rumours that representatives from Old Trafford had flown to South America for transfer talks.

Red Devils boss David Moyes is believed to be keen to strengthen his creative midfield department with the addition of Ribeiro, however it looks as though he'll struggle to capture the player's signature, following Mattos's recent comments.

"We have not received any offer for him so far and we are not aware of any interest from any club," he told Globo Esporte. "Everton Ribeiro will only leave the club if Cruzeiro want."

Ribeiro is yet to be capped at senior international level, but was recently named Player of the Year in Brazil, after helping Cruzeiro lift the domestic title.

Manchester United are understood to have approached the midfielder's agent Robson Ferreira directly, and despite Cruzeiro's obvious reservations, are hoping to conclude a deal for the youngster in the not too distant future.

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