Manchester United have been told that for £20 million they can not only sign Internacional star Rodrigo Dourado, but also their manager and president, reports Brazilian daily newspaper Correio do Povo.
The Red Devils have been linked to the 20-year-old as they continue to search for midfield reinforcements before next season.
Champions League qualification means Louis van Gaal’s side will have to compete in another competition this summer, while there will also be higher expectations for their performance in the league. The Dutch coach appears keen to improve United’s squad depth before the campaign starts.
Michael Carrick will also turn 34 during the summer, and despite performing admirably once again during the 2014-15 season, age is creeping up on the England international.
United have been linked with several other midfielders this summer as they look to address a problem area of the squad. Morgan Schneiderlin is rumoured to be in the plans of van Gaal, according to the Independent. Radja Nainggolan, the tenacious Belgian international at AS Roma, has also been linked with a move to Old Trafford [via the Express].
Dourado is a relative unknown, having played only 25 senior games for his current side, and has not exactly set the world alight with his performances in his homeland.
The youngster hasn’t even appeared for a Brazil youth team since the U17s, for whom he made four appearances.
Even so, he seems to have done something to attract the interest of United, who have been linked with a £20 million move. A transfer fee of this amount has raised eyebrows at Internacional, and one club insider is incredibly surprised.
He told Correio do Povo: “For that price, Dourado can go there, Diego Aguirre [the manager], Piffero [the president] and me too!”
With even Dourado’s club surprised at their interest, are United making a big mistake by going after the Brazilian?