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The Brazilian playmaker, linked with the champions after helping Cruzeiro to their first title in 10 years, believes he would slot seamlessly into the Red Devils' midfield

Cruzeiro midfielder and reported Manchester United target Everton Ribeiro says he would thrive in David Moyes' side as he continues to be linked with a move to Old Trafford.

The Brazilian club had been forced to rebuff rumours that the 24-year-old was primed to join the Red Devils, insisting he would not leave the club in January.

But now Ribeiro has fuelled speculation by sharing his admiration for the Premier League champions and suggesting he would be a perfect fit for the United midfield.

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"I already watch the Premier League games," Ribeiro told ESPN Brasil. "They are great teams that play in Europe. They are the dream of any player.

"I feel I am ready to play in any part of the world. If you play for Cruzeiro, you can play in any place.

"United have [Shinji] Kagawa, [Wayne] Rooney, [David] De Gea is the goalkeeper. I know them very well because I play with them a lot in video games as they are a great team. You play it one day after the other and know the players even better.

"I would fit in any part of the midfield. I would do well as a playmaker to support the attack.

"I let my agent and Cruzeiro talk about that. When they feel it's good for both parties, they will let me know. I'll see and we'll analyse everything."

Ribeiro, who is likely to command a price of around £15 million, added to Gazeta Esportiva: "There is always speculation after a great performance in a competition, but I am a Cruzeiro player.

"I'll rest a lot, enjoy the holidays with my family and return fully charged in January. I let Cruzeiro and my agent handle the negotiations."

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