Manchester United might be forced to reconsider plans to sign Gabriel Barbosa after it emerged they'll need to double their proposed £24m offer.
Earlier this week The Express reported that Louis van Gaal is making plans to entice the Brazilian sensation to Old Trafford, and the Red Devils believed they could significantly undercut his £40 million buyout clause due to the fact the player has just 18 months left on his contract.
However, according to a new story in South American publication Esportes, previous reports are wide of the mark. Barbosa is contracted until 2019 and his release clause is in fact £10 million more.
The highly-rated youth international - dubbed the 'new Neymar' in his homeland - has also attracted interest from Arsenal and Chelsea, but it's unlikely he'll be appearing in the Premier League any time soon, unless one of his suitors is prepared to stump up a mouth-watering £50m transfer fee.
Check out all the latest Manchester United news and transfer gossip from today.
Manchester United gossip:
Manchester United are hoping to secure a £70 million double deal for Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani and Borussia Dortmund winger Marco Reus in January. (The Metro)
Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal is gearing up for another period of big spending in the New Year, just months after splashing the cash in the summer transfer window.
Louis van Gaal remains desperate to bring Kevin Strootman to Old Trafford, but will more than likely have to wait until the summer to sign the AS Roma midfielder. (Daily Star)
The Holland international has only just recovered from a serious cruciate ligament injury, but Manchester United are still planning to press ahead with plans to sign the £30 million star in 2015.
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney looks set to recover from the knee injury sustained against Hull City last Saturday in time to face Southampton at St Mary's next week. (The Express)
The Red Devils striker missed the 2-1 win over Stoke City at Old Trafford on Tuesday, but has been given the all-clear to return to training following a midweek scan.
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