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Ribeiro open to United move

By | 11th December 2013
Old Trafford

Brazilian midfielder Everton Ribeiro has claimed he would be more than open to a move to the Premier League after being linked with a January switch to Manchester United. The 24-year old recently played a starring role in helping Cruzeiro win the Brazilian title, winning the league’s player of the year award for his performances over the season.

Cruzeiro have confirmed they are aware of interest from the Premier League champions, but the South Americans have insisted they haven’t received any firm offers for their star midfielder. United could have a battle on their hands, however, with Liverpool also reportedly keen on signing the former Brazil U20 international in January. Currently tipped by Betfair to finish above United at the end of the season, a move to Anfield could well be a tempting alternative for the in-demand playmaker.

With a fee in the region of £15million reportedly placed on the midfielder’s head, Ribeiro has made it clear he is confident he will be capable of playing in the Premier League should a move happen in the new year.

“I already watch the Premier League games. They are great teams that play in Europe. They are the dream of any player. I let my agent and Cruzeiro talk. When they feel it’s good for both parties, they will let me know. I’ll see and we’ll analyse everything.”

David Moyes has made no secret of the fact he feels United need to strengthen when the January transfer window opens, but even a busy window might not be enough for United turn around this season with Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea all ahead of them in the table.

With the Premier League odds all but ruling out the champions of defending their title this season, it would take something special for United to retain their crown – although there will be some Betfair customers still tempted to throw a wager on Moyes’ men if they add some real quality in January.

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