Manchester United Close In On £16m Signing of Goal Machine Fabiano

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Sir Alex to do battle with Chelsea for Brazilian hotshot.

Luis Fabiano has opened the door to a move to the Premier League but only after next summer’s World Cup finals in South Africa.

The Sevilla striker was thought to be close to a move to AC Milan at the start of the summer but the two clubs could not agree a fee for the Brazilian.

Chelsea and Manchester United are also reported to be interested in Fabiano with both clubs looking to bolster their strike force in the January transfer window.

However, the talented striker believes swapping clubs before next summer’s tournament would be too risky and could cost him his place in the Brazil’s starting line-up.

“A January move would be too risky,” he told Daily Star Sunday.

“You’d have to deal with changes too close to the World Cup and there’s little time to recover from any setbacks.

“If a club approaches Sevilla then, they will make their lives as hard as they can, just like they did with AC Milan.

“But after the World Cup it’s a different story.

“I see United as a team with a very interesting style of play, of passing, of crossing. I think it would be easy to fit in.

“Then there’s the Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti, whom I really admire, and Sir Alex Ferguson, too.” (Give Me Football – Official PFA Website)

It appears that Luis Fabiano is attempting to court the attention of both Manchester United and Chelsea with these very carefully worded quotes. Sir Alex Ferguson may well be looking for another striker, he has after all been strongly linked with many others forwards most notably Edin Dzeko, and the Brazilian may well see that he has gone as far as he can with Sevilla and a move after the World Cup to the Premier League looks a distinct possibility for the former bad boy of Brazilian football.

The 29 year old former Porto, Rennes and Sao Paulo man has been in consistent form in La Liga in the past few seasons, 79 goals in three and a half seasons, and is also in red hot international form of late and even though Manchester United have the likes of Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Owen to call upon the Old Trafford side is still not hitting the back of the net as often as Ferguson would like.

Luis Fabiano would cost something in the region of £16m and would be a pretty good acquisition although there would be a question mark over whether he suits the English top tier and therefore it would be something of a gamble for Manchester United or Chelsea to make.

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