Anderson: Rodrigo Dourado is an outstanding player

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Louis van Gaal's alleged interest in signing Internacional starlet Rodrigo Dourado has been given the thumbs up by former Manchester United midfielder Anderson, who claims his current team-mate at Estadio Beira-Rio has an outstanding future in the professional game.

The Red Devils flop was recently asked about the 20-year-old in an interview with, and his review of the talented youngster's potential is sure to excite supporters at Old Trafford if recent reports that their veteran Dutch coach is keen to bring the player to England are true.

According to the Daily Mail last week, Dourado has been identified as a long-term successor to Michael Carrick at the Theatre of Dreams and Van Gaal is eager to recruit the South American in the forthcoming transfer window.

After sending scouts to Brazil to run the rule over him in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, Manchester United officials returned favourable reports, which should prompt the Premier League giants to make a formal offer next month.

However, Diego Aguirre is determined to keep hold of Dourado until after the Copa Libertadores semi-finals in July, meaning the club might have to wait patiently before being given permission to open negotiations with the player.

In 20 senior appearances for Internacional this season the Brazilian has shown why his burgeoning reputation is already making headlines in Europe, with Anderson convinced it's only a matter of time before Dourado gains more recognition with a call-up to coach Dunga's senior national squad. 

"Dourado will at some time play for the national team," he enthused. "He's a quick player, outstanding. He plays it simple but allows players such as myself to attack. He's a new kid, but soon will leave Inter. He is a European player."

The Express suggests that it will take a whopping £20 million transfer fee to convince Dourado's current employers to cash-in on him this summer - an extravagant sum of money for a player unproven outside of his homeland.

However, based on how highly-rated the player is - and what is expected from him in the future - it's a gamble that Van Gaal might decide to take, despite the mixed success that a number of different Brazilians have enjoyed at Manchester United in years gone by.

Manchester United fans: Do you think £20 million is too much to pay for Rodrigo Dourado? How trustworthy is Anderson's recommendation of the Brazilian midfielder? Have your say in the comment box below...

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