Leandro Damiao‘s show in London 2012, has made him, one of the hottest properties in World Football. The youngster was linked with various clubs all through the summer and it is now rumored that Manchester United lead the race to secure the signature of the forward.
Earlier in the transfer window Tottenham moved in for the striker and failed to convince his club to sell him. A bid of around £20m was not enough to convince Internacional. The only possible destination for the Brazilian seemed to be Anfield, as Internacional was ready to offload the player on a season long loan deal but the move to Liverpool collapsed as the Merseyside club considered his wage demands to be too expensive.
United, already held talks with representatives of the player last February but both the parties could not reach to a conclusion. It is now believed that the deal has progressed and a move is proposed in the January transfer window. Though, Manchester United boasts one of the strongest attacking line-up in England and across Europe, Sir Alex Ferguson wants to land Damiao at Old Trafford as he feels the player is too good to be missed out on.Leandro Damiao could be on his way to Manchester United
It has now come down to United, Liverpool and Tottenham to battle it out for the striker. Liverpool, who have only Suarez and Borini in the attacking line-up is keen to bring one more player to Anfield as manger Brendon Rodgers believes Borini is still not ready for the challenge and needs a back up. The departure of Carroll to West Ham has also added pressure and Liverpool are now willing to pay, what it takes to sign the Forward.
Arsenal have also shown interest in the Brazil international for some time, as have the likes of AC Milan, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus, and Paris Saint-Germain.
Speaking after the London Olympics, Damiao had admitted a move to England could be possible.
“Of course my wish is to stay [at Internacional], but there comes a time when you need to go, but I don’t know whether it is that time,” he said. If an offer arrives, then we will decide.”