Manchester United look at ‘new Rio Ferdinand’

April 23, 2009 at 18:18 3 comments

This is probably yet more bollox coming out of the tabloids in the UK but according to The Daily Mirror, Manchester United, are close to signing Corinthians “starlet” José Rodolfo Pires.

The report says that the 17-year-old – who’s set to be the next Rio Ferdinand – had been recommended to the English giants.

Dodô, as he’s called, can play at centreback or leftback and is currently on duty with Brazil’s Under 17s in Chile.

But ask any Corinthians fan who he is and you’ll get some blank faces. The youngster has yet to make his professional debut and didn’t even make the squad in this year’s Copa São Paulo de Futebol Júnior (Brazil’s most prestigious youth tournament).

Entry filed under: Manchester United rumours, Transfer news.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Frank  |  April 24, 2009 at 15:50

    I thought the CBF had a rule which bans U20 players from leaving Brazil for European clubs?

  • 2. pitacodogringo  |  April 25, 2009 at 12:55

    not as far as i’m aware. The CBF don’t like to upset the big clubs! Haha
    but there are always calls from politians here to legislate to stop clubs selling teenagers but nothing ever happens – and probably never will

  • 3. Frank  |  April 26, 2009 at 16:29

    There is a lot of undoubted talent in Brazil at U20 level which European clubs are all too eager to try to exploit by luring them with promises of high salaries and first team football. The main destinations of these players will always likely be Portugal, Spain and Italy first because of the strong ancestral connections between those countries and Brazil.

    However, many of these players would be bettter advised to stay in Brazil to develop their talent until they have established themselves. That would help the quality of the domestic game improve, which in all respects is pretty poor compared to the best European leagues. I do understand though that the lure of a high salary is hard to resist for a young boy from probably a poor family and the chance for rich Brazilian club Presidents to make a few million reais more is also difficult to resist.


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