The agent of Manchester United target Everton Ribeiro has confirmed today that Cruzeiro have turned down a bid from an unnamed English club for the playmaker.
The creative Brazil midfielder scooped the player of the year prize in his homeland last season after winning the league with Cruzeiro.
A move to Europe has been on the cards for the 24-year-old for some time now with a host of top clubs being linked with him, especially Manchester United. The Brazilian has frequently been linked with a switch to Manchester United throughout the transfer window, but the Brazilian club have previously denied suggestions of an exit for their star man.
London based club Tottenham are also said to be interested in the Brazilian.
And now his agent Robson Ferreira has fuelled speculation over his future by revealing a bid has been lodged.
He said: “We did bring a 10million euro offer to Cruzeiro for Everton Ribeiro but we won’t reveal the club in order not to affect the negotiations, after all they are in the middle of their season.
“We presented the offer to Cruzeiro, we talked and we will schedule another meeting within the next days.
“The club want to keep him and the player also wants to help the club in the Copa Libertadores. We’ll try to merge all the interests.”
Meanwhile, Cruizeiro’s director of football, Alexandre Mattos, insists that it will take a substantial bid to prise away Ribeiro.
“Everton Ribeiro is one of the players that arrived at Cruzeiro with a lot of potential and along with his team-mates, he managed to turn that into reality,” he said.
“He achieved individual awards, he is happy but there was no offer to convince the club’s president. An offer from England arrived yesterday and Cruzeiro turned it down immediately.
“Maybe an offer will come that will make Cruzeiro understand it would be a mistake not sell, but the important thing is knowing how to find a replacement of the same level.
“When someone leaves, we have to have to find a replacement.”
David Moyes accepts FA charge
Manchester United manager David Moyes has admitted a charge of misconduct over comments made to the media following the Capital One Cup semi-final defeat to Sunderland.
Moyes described the performance of referee Andre Marriner and other officials as “terrible” after Ryan Giggs’s own goal and Fabio Borini’s penalty left United with a first-leg deficit.
“We’re having to play them [the officials] as well as the opposition at the moment,” said Moyes after the defeat. “It’s really terrible, it really is. We’re actually beginning to laugh at them, that’s the thing. I thought the referee was going to blow in our direction for the first goal,” Moyes continued. “I couldn’t believe he gave a free kick. It was a terrible decision.
“We defended a terrible free kick but how the referee has given a free kick for that is way beyond me. I just cannot see how that is a free kick. The centre-half and the centre-forward jumped together and he gave them a free kick.”
The FA is expected to start the proceedings in the next week while Moyes has asked for non-personal hearing.