Manchester United & Tottenham warned over Damiao
Manchester United and Tottenham have been warned that it will take a bid of close to £50million to prise Leandro Damiao away from Internacional in January.
United are the latest club to be linked with the prolific Brazilian striker who was also the subject of a failed bid from long-time suitors Spurs last month.
Damiao, 23, has emerged as one of the game's most sought after strikers following his impressive exploits for club and country over the past 12 months culimating in his six-goal showing for Brazil at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Internacional have remain reluctant sellers and having succeeded in keeping their talisman at the club until the end of the domestic campaign in December have now warned Damiao's suitors he will not come cheap in January.
The striker has a contract with Internacional until 2016 which includes a buy-out clause of €60million and the Brazilian club's president Giovanni Luigi has warned United and Spurs they will have to match it if they are serious about landing Damiao.
"We aren't talking about a small team. We are talking about Internacional, Luigi told Zero Hora. "They have to talk with Internacional, not with the player.
"If Manchester United came here today, I would ask them to pay his buyout fee. They have to know that Internacional are a big club. Now, Leandro Damiao only leaves if the buyout fee is paid."
So what is all the fuss about? Check out ALL 39 of Damiao's goals in 2011. The man is a penalty box predator.