Cruzeiro midfielder Everton Ribeiro wants a move to the Premier League champions…
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Manchester United are frontrunners to sign Cruzeiro midfielder Everton Ribeiro when the January transfer window opens, reports Sky Sports.
The 24-year-old Brazilian is rated at £15m, and had also been linked with a move to United’s Premier League rivals Liverpool.
Ribeiro, who won the award for the Brazilian league’s best player last time out, is heavily interested in a move to European football.
“I already watch the Premier League games,” Ribeiro told ESPN Brasil. “They are great teams that play in Europe. They are the dream of any player.
“I feel I am ready to play in any part of the world. If you play for Cruzeiro, you can play in any place.
“United have Kagawa, Rooney, De Gea is the goalkeeper. I know them very well because I play with them a lot in video games as they are a great team. You play it one day after the other and know the players even better.
“I would fit in any part of the midfield. I would do well as a playmaker to support the attack.”
Ribeiro can play as a deep-lying playmaker but is more effective when given a free role further up the field. United already have Wayne Rooney and Shinji Kagawa competing for this position, so it would be difficult for the Brazilian to immediately establish himself in the first team.
Brazilian midfielders such as Kleberson and Anderson have traditionally struggled at United, and Ribeiro would have a struggle on his hands to adapt to the intense physical nature of English football.