Red Devils still hope to be able to come to some sort of arrangement in order to land the highly rated player next year.
Premier League champions Manchester United have made contact with the Brazilian Football Association about signing Cruzeiro wide man Everton Ribeiro when the winter transfer window opens again for business at the turn of the year, according to reports in the Daily Star.
The Red Devils have been closely monitoring the former Brazil Under-20 international for some time now after Ribeiro turned in a string of eye-catching displays on the wing that helped his club win the 2013 Brasileiro Serie A title.
As a result, United have dispatched their South American scout to check on Ribeiro’s form so far in this campaign, and the reports coming back to Old Trafford are understood to have been very positive on the 24-year-old.
Consequently, it is expected that new Red Devils head coach David Moyes will now make a move for Ribeiro in the new year, however, there remains one sticking point though to United landing the Brazilian.
Ribeiro is 40 per cent owned by his club, and 60 per cent owned by a third party, which is a common occurrence in Brazil, but which contravenes Premier League rules though, and that is why United have been in discussions of late with the Brazilian authorities to see if they can come to a way of getting round this problem.