Old Trafford boss ready to make squad additions.
Manchester United are interested in Brazil striker Leandro Damiao.
The 22-year-old was subject of a £15million bid from Tottenham in the summer but his club Internacional want £24m.
United are also continuing to show interest in Crystal Palace full-back Nathaniel Clyne and Southampton’s Luke Shaw, 16.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
Sir Alex Ferguson is clearly not averse to bringing in Brazilians, his squad has the likes of Fabio, Rafael and Anderson at present, and a move for Leandro Damiao may well make a great deal of sense, especially given that Michael Owen will be out of contract in the summer and there appear to be question marks about Dimitar Berbatov’s Old Trafford future, despite the fact that the Bulgarian just signed a new one year extension to his contract.
Damiao has been in fine goal-scoring form with Internacional, netting 40 goals in 51 appearances last term, this has led to the powerfully built forward securing a spot in Mano Menezes’s Brazilian national team set-up. Perhaps however the fear with any South American signing is knowing how they will fare in Europe. Goals netted with aplomb, even at the highest level in the continent, may well not equate with success in the Premier League.
Therefore the price-tag placed on the 22 year old may well have to be decreased significantly if Ferguson is to pursue the talented forward. Also Damiao will probably have to accept that any move to Man United would certainly, at least initially, see the Brazilian behind the likes of Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck, who all seem to be the Scot’s preferred attacking options.
There has been much talk of Man United’s interest in Crystal Palace full back Nathaniel Clyne and the 20 year old appears to have a great deal of potential, having already amassed over 120 Eagles appearances as well as cemented his place in Stuart Pearce’s England Under 21 set-up.
Southampton teenager Luke Shaw has also received a great deal of attention with the media drawing parallels between the 16 year old and previous graduates of the St Mary’s academy, that has produced the likes of Theo Walcott, Gareth Bale and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in recent years.
Ferguson has been keen to scout the best young talent around the world as he looks for a more cost effective way of planning for the future instead of investing huge sums in established names. The Man United boss has brought in the the likes of the aforementioned Hernandez, David de Gea, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones in this manner and may well look to pursue this trio in the same fashion.