Brazilian striker also linked with Tottenham and Liverpool.
Internacional president Giovanni Luigi insists the club will not let Leandro Damiao leave unless his buyout clause is met amid rumours linking him with a move to Manchester United.
The Brazil international striker was heavily tipped for a switch to Tottenham during the summer transfer window but Internacional have claimed they turned down an offer from the White Hart Lane club because it did not match their valuation.
Luigi has previously revealed the youngster has a €60million (£47million) buyout clause in his deal at Inter, where he is contracted until 2016.
It is also believed Damiao was offered to Liverpool on loan but the deal was considered too expensive by the Merseysiders.
Speculation has now surfaced that United are targeting a January swoop for the 23-year-old, who starred for his country at the Olympics, finishing the tournament as top scorer with six goals.
SOURCE: Sky Sports
With recent speculation heavily linking Man Utd with a move for the Brazilian striker, the President of current club Internacional has again reiterated to potential suitors that Damiao will not come cheap.
Damiao has been on Tottenham’s radar for a couple of years now and the north London club saw a £20m bid rejected earlier in the summer, despite the relationship Spurs hold with Internacional, which was instrumental in facilitating the transfer of Sandro to White Hart Lane in 2010.
The player hugely impressed at this summer’s Olympic Games, finishing as top goalscorer with 6, and would be a great signing for any club willing to front the cash, though Premier League clubs may be forced to look elsewhere if Giovanni Luigi’s claims that he will cost £47m are serious.
Whether the Internacional President is merely using a clever ploy to drive-up the expected bids come January, when both United and Spurs could move for the striker, remains to be seen, but Luigi’s insistence that Damiao would cost a British transfer record is more likely to deter clubs from chasing the classy 23-year-old altogether.
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