Manchester United are stepping up their pursuit of Flamengo whiz Adryan.

The People says Old Trafford scouts have watched the Flamengo attacking midfielder, 16, in domestic action and passed on glowing references to boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

United's plan to sign the player will include a loan back to Flamengo until the player turns 18. Adryan has often been compared to Kaka in his homeland.

Chelsea, Juventus, Inter Milan and Real Madrid have also been keeping tabs on the Brazil Under-17 star.

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