Rodrigo Dourado’s representatives flying to Manchester to complete deal – report

by Sam Peoples

The last 24 hours have all been about Brazilian midfielders when it comes to Manchester United and not the Anderson or Kleberson variety (well, hopefully not).

As well as reports saying Roberto Firmino was going to be signed, fellow Brazilian Rodrigo Dourado has seen reports linking him gather real pace very quickly.

Earlier this week, reports suggested Man United were closing in on a deal for Dourado and they have now been followed up by fresh claims from Brazil that the 20-year-old will join United and his representatives will fly to England next week to complete the deal.

The reports have since been picked up on by the press in Brazil but Globo Esporte has done its best to pour cold water on the growing murmurs and while they do reiterate United have sent scouts to watch Dourado in action, they insist Internacional have no intention of selling.

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As well as breaking the story originally, Luiz Carlos Reche reported that Dourado had signed a new Internacional contract with a release clause of €60m but would still leave as per his original £20.6m price? All very confusing.

Meanwhile, Internacional have denied having any contact with United and their president Vitorio Piffero has no intention of listening to any offers for Dourado.

It should be noted that Dourado does not have a work permit at this stage which could potentially be a roadblock for any team who want to sign him.

Initial reports suggested Dourado to Man United was more or a less a ‘done deal’ but that doesn’t seem to be the case at the moment. That being said, it doesn’t mean Dourado’s representatives couldn’t be flying to Manchester to meet.

After all, he did make it clear he wanted to play for one of Europe’s top clubs and did namedrop United.

We’ll bring you any more updates on Dourado as soon as we find one.

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