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.”