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Ribeiro wants Manchester over Madrid

Everton Ribeiro, who won Brazil’s Player of the Year earlier this month, has again stated his desire to join Manchester United in January.

The midfielder has previously played in a youth tournament at United and when asked by Globoesporte whether he would prefer a move to United over Real Madrid, the 24-year-old said: “Yes, I would prefer that. The structure they (United) have in place is one of the best in the world. I have been there already and went to a lecture by Alex Ferguson when I was younger.”

This isn’t the first time he has spoken of his wish to United though, speaking to ESPN Brasil earlier this month.

“United have Kagawa, Rooney, De Gea is the goalkeeper,” he said. “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 feel I am ready to play in any part of the world. If you play for Cruzeiro, you can play in any place. I would fit in any part of the midfield. I would do well as a playmaker to support the attack.”

Asked if he would like to play alongside Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney, the midfielder said: “It would be great. I let my agent and Cruzeiro talk about that. When they feel it’s good for both parties, they will let me know. I’ll see and we’ll analyse everything.”

His agent has confirmed that United are keen to sign the player and the figure that has been banded around is £12.m.

“Manchester United want him,” said agent Robson Ferreira. “David Moyes has been impressed. I’ve already been to England and talked personally with them.”

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  1. wayne barker says:

    Good to see a lad keen to play for us and at 12 mill not much of a risk,sign him up

  2. Dela says:

    Can’t say I know anything about the lad at all. £12 million though is not that much of a risk at all. If Moyes is genuinely impressed then sign him up!

  3. Tommy says:

    Got to be a decent player to pick up Brazlian player of the year, although it might sound too good to be true, he sounds a little too desporate but we will see, I would like another coming in as well if he signs because direct from Brazilian league will no doubt take 6 months minimum to settle in plus work permit could be a problem as he has never played for the national team, good to see he wants to come to United tho, its a case of watch this space!

  4. LoneStarRed7 says:

    He is a flash in the pan angling for a major deal methinks. And Cruzeiro are unlikely to let him go before their Copa Libertadores run begins as he may be key. Yes he had an excellent season, but his career in whole DOES NOT indicate the fee mentioned. A shrewd bit of self promotion on his or his agent’s part is what this smacks of.

  5. MattyMusiq says:

    I’d really be suprised if we are even interested in the least bit. Not what united need, not a moyes type signing, we don’t have the time to blood him in and he is the calibre of midfield player united need. We already got wayne rooney, shinji kagawa, anderson, cleverly, danny welbeck, adnan januzaj, nick powell, andreas periera etc all capable of playing his position for united.
    Now ivan rakitic? That’s a possibility!, a rugged ball playing all round MF.
    Gundogan? We can dream!

  6. MattyMusiq says:

    *he is not the calibre

  7. Gazzer says:

    I’m feeling a little gun shy about Brazilians after our experience with Anderson and djemba djemba and after getting the run around with the one from Barcelona last summer.

    We’re better off getting them young like Rafael and moulding them into proper tigers.

  8. Leo S says:

    Gazzer, Djemba-Djemba isn’t Brazilian, he’s from Cameroon. Kleberson and Rodrigo Possebon however was. But then again, Rafael and Fabio came from Brazil and they’re pretty solid (especially Rafael), and one is not like the other just because they’re from Brazil anyway.

  9. Maltamanc says:

    Sign him up ! 12 million is peanuts nowadays and it’s not like we don’t need a good midfielder… We’re getting so desperate for a good midfielder that some are raving about the return of Darren Fletcher… Kudos to him for overcoming his illness but he is the epitome of the average midfielder.

    And to those complaining about the sum, Are you gonna pay his transfer fee yourselves ? If no, SHUT THE FUCK UP !!! We want trophies not money in the bank !!!

  10. parjo says:

    Gazzer: Djemba djemba is Camoeroonian…
    But I agree, we have bad experience with players from South America, even though some of them later have successful careers with another clubs… Anderson, Veron, Forlan and Kleberson pop in my head..

  11. KwesiOwusuJnr says:

    @Lonestar …really? You are kidding right? You know Ashley Young and Zaha all cost more than that right ..and you think 12mill is too much for Ribeiro. Smh ..some of the fans on here are something else.

  12. Tommy says:


    Chances are youve never seen him play, Do you not think hes begging for a move as if to say give me a deal I want a european pay day, Hes never been capped for Brazil yet hes 24, you not find that a bit fishy?

  13. KwesiOwusuJnr says:

    @Tommy I get all that ..I saw him on Youtube myself and wasnt really impressed. But i dont like fans acting like 12mill is an outrageous amount given the sums we bought some players …and who knows he can be really good for us. But Tommy, i like him because he sounds like he’s like a genuine fan who loves the club ..which is really unusual given where he’s from. I like that …wont mind such an experiment.

  14. Tommy says:


    You might be right mate, I am not sure although he sounds a little too desporate but totally agree 12million is nothing in the football world we live in these days, if he does come in it will take him months to settle in as well so we would need to bring in a player whos played in Europe as well, I must admit I am sceptical about these quotes but who knows

  15. KwesiOwusuJnr says:

    hahahaha …i have to agree mate. The media cant be trusted. They are so manipulative nowadays. I still think the Herrera guy should be our guy. He’ll be a stud for us. His stature and style of play is just right and will fit seamlessly.


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