Cruzeiro president Gilvan de Pinho Tabares has warned that it will ‘take an awful lot of money’ for any team to buy playmaker Everton Ribeiro.
The 24-year-old is widely tipped to move to Manchester United having admitted it would be a dream to move to Old Trafford but he did indicate he had no desire to leave in January, due largely to the fact that Cruizeiro will participate in the Copa Libertadores that begins this month.
Sambafoot.com suggests that Cruzeiro’s decision to play hard ball is so that they can get Ribeiro to sign a new contract with an increased release clause so they can secure as much money for him as possible, a tactic they used previously when they sold Argentinian midfielder Walter Montillo to Santos.
“It’s going to take an awful lot of money to get him,” De Pinho Tabares insisted.
“I’m happy to wait – I waited a year with Montillo – so the fans can rest assured that I won’t just accept any offer for Everton.”
Named the Brazilian League’s Player of the Year, Ribeiro is a diminutive playmaker who is confident playing anywhere across the front three which is a versatility trait that could make him so effective at United. Ribeiro has even insisted he could play in any midfield position for United.
Early reports suggest a fee in the region of £12 million but it doesn’t look like Cruzeiro’s president De Pinho Tabares has any intention of letting him leave without a substantial price tag on his head.