United target still in Brazil.
Cruzeiro have confirmed that they have rejected a bid from an unnamed English club for highly rated playmaker Everton Ribeiro, according to Sky Sports.
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The 24-year-old has been a target for Manchester United for several months now, but the Brazilian club have vehemently denied that an exit is on the cards for the player, signalling their intent to keep him at the club.
David Moyes has had the player scouted on numerous occasions, and many believe the bid has come from the defending Premier League champions, but Ribeiro’s agent, Robson Ferreira, has refused to give away any names.
“We did bring a 10million euro offer to Cruzeiro for Everton Ribeiro but we won’t reveal the club in order not to affect the negotiations, after all they are in the middle of their season,” he told Lancenet.
“We presented the offer to Cruzeiro, we talked and we will schedule another meeting within the next days. The club want to keep him and the player also wants to help the club in the Copa Libertadores. We’ll try to merge all the interests.”
Meanwhile, Cruizeiro’s director of football, Alexandre Mattos, insists that it will take a substantial bid to prise away Ribeiro.
“Everton Ribeiro is one of the players that arrived at Cruzeiro with a lot of potential and along with his team-mates, he managed to turn that into reality,” he said.
“He achieved individual awards, he is happy but there was no offer to convince the club’s president. An offer from England arrived yesterday and Cruzeiro turned it down immediately.
“Maybe an offer will come that will make Cruzeiro understand it would be a mistake not sell, but the important thing is knowing how to find a replacement of the same level.
“When someone leaves, we have to have to find a replacement.”
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