Brazilian side Cruzeiro have rejected a bid from an unnamed English club for midfielder Everton Ribeiro.
Manchester United and Liverpool have both been strongly linked with a move for the 24-year-old, who was named as the Brazilian league’s play of the season last term.
A Premier League club has launched a €10m bid for Ribeiro, but that was immediately turned down.
Cruizeiro’s director of football, Alexandre Mattos, made it clear they are expecting substantially more money for their prized asset.
He said: “Everton Ribeiro is one of the players that arrived at Cruzeiro with a lot of potential and along with his team-mates, he managed to turn that into reality.
“He achieved individual awards, he is happy but there was no offer to convince the club’s president.
“An offer from England arrived yesterday and Cruzeiro turned it down immediately.
“Maybe an offer will come that will make Cruzeiro understand it would be a mistake not sell, but the important thing is knowing how to find a replacement of the same level.”
Ribeiro’s agent Robson Ferreira confirmed the bid was at €10m and said he would have further talks with Cruzeiro in the coming days to discuss his client’s future.
He said: “We did bring a €10m offer to Cruzeiro for Everton Ribeiro but we won’t reveal the club in order not to affect the negotiations, after all they are in the middle of their season.
“We presented the offer to Cruzeiro, we talked and we will schedule another meeting within the next days.
“The club want to keep him and the player also wants to help the club in the Copa Libertadores.
“We’ll try to merge all the interests.”