Man United Target Keen On £40m European Move

Old Trafford side told to pay big fee for Internacional forward.

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Leandro Damiao has hinted he would like to move to a European club following bids for his signature last summer.

Internacional rejected repeated offers from Tottenham for the Brazilian forward during the recent transfer window, claiming the 23-year-old was undervalued.

One of the most sought-after players outside Europe, Damiao further enhanced his reputation at the Olympics, scoring six times for the eventual silver medallists.

Manchester United, Inter Milan and Real Madrid were also linked with Damiao, who is thought to have a buy-out clause of at least £40million written into his contract.

Now the striker has revealed Oscar, who moved to Chelsea in July, is keen to see his friend follow the same trail from South America to Europe.

SOURCE: Sky Sports

£40m is a big price to pay for any player let alone one with no European football experience. Clearly Leandro Damiao has a great deal of ability to make it outside his native Brazil but Man United are unlikely to meet Internacional’s asking price and one would imagine Inter Milan and Real Madrid will also baulk at the striker’s valuation.

The big 23 year old forward has netted 74 goals in 124 appearances for his Porto Alegre side and finished as top scorer in the 2012 Olympic Football tournament and like all talented Brazilian based players, a move to Europe is inevitable.

Sir Alex Ferguson wouldn’t appear to have an urgent need for more striking options given that currently Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez are all scoring fairly regularly and Danny Welbeck continues to make an impact from his wide attacking position.

Perhaps Jose Mourinho will be the first to blink in the race for Leandro as he does have a fairly threadbare attack, perhaps too often dependent on Cristiano Ronaldo for end product.

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