According to a number of media sources, including the Guardian, Manchester United are tracking a pair of 19-year-old strikers currently plying their trades on opposite sides of the world.
Fluminense forward Robert Kenedy Nunes do Nascimento is reportedly gettable for around £5m, a figure that seems a bit on the low side considering the Santa Rita native has been described as a stocky version of Neymar.
As the Guardian states, United bought Brazilian brothers Rafael and Fabio da Silva off the Maracana club back in 2007, although whether that puts them in the driving seat for the player’s signature, ahead of fellow supposed suitors Inter, is impossible to know.
That being said, the black and gold boys at bwin.com offer 6/5 odds on him landing at Old Trafford before the end of the summer transfer window, with 8/13 saying the deal doesn’t come off.
Kenedy was one of the few bright spots during Brazil Under-20s’ mediocre showing in the recent South American Championships, when Alexandre Gallo’s side finished fourth. The youngster’s powerful left-foot has also seen him compared to former Nerazzurri and Selecao striker Adriano.
Much closer to home comes the whisper that United will offer a trial to Southport reserve Drew Lewis, who has racked up a faintly ridiculous tally of 38 goals for the Conference Premier outfit’s second team this term.
The Red Devils have made a couple of distinctly left-field moves in recent months, picking up Bolton left-back Andrew Kellett on loan during the January window, after he had turned out for League Two Plymouth earlier in the campaign, as well as Salford City teenager Sadiq El Fitouri.
Louis van Gaal’s men are 14/5 to win the FA Cup following their last-16 victory over Preston at Deepdale, with Arsenal next up at Old Trafford in the fifth round.