Cruzeiro midfielder Everton Ribiero says that he is ready to reject interest from Real Madrid to join Manchester United.

The Brazilian ace has emerged as one of the most sought after players in South American football in recent times after a string of impressive displays for his current club side.

United are believed to be one of the more interested parties, with rumours suggesting that a £7m offer is being readied by the Red Devils – who have been watching the 24-year-old closely for some time.

However Real are also keen on the samba star, with talk of a January swoop having been mooted.

But, Ribeiro revealed that he dreams of playing at Old Trafford, and is ready to turn down Los Blancos:

“Yes, I would prefer that [to join Manchester United],” he is quoted as saying when asked about whether or not he would choose United over Real by the Daily Star.

“The structure they have in place is one of the best in the world. I have been there already and went to a lecture by [Sir] Alex Ferguson when I was younger.

“I feel I am ready to play in any part of the world. If you play for Cruzeiro, you can play in any place. I would fit in any part of the midfield. I would do well as a playmaker to support the attack.”

A potential deal could be difficult for Moyes’ side, with 40% Ribeiro’s rights owned by a third party – which currently goes against Premier League rules.

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