Manchester United are interested in prodigious Brazilian defender Rodrigo Caio according to The Daily Star, with talks over a potential £12 million transfer set to start in the next couple of weeks.

Jose Mourinho bolstered his backline over the summer with the addition of Eric Bailly from Villarreal, who has impressed in his early days in the Premier League.

However, the Portuguese coach is yet to decide on an ideal partner for the Ivory Coast international, with both Chris Smalling and Daley Blind given a chance to play.

Caio caught the eye over the summer as he starred for Brazil in the Olympic Games, with the 23-year-old playing an important role in his nation winning football gold in Rio de Janeiro.

The South American is versatile enough to play as a midfield anchor also and has one full cap for Brazil to his name.

The report suggests that United are in talks with his club Sao Paulo and will open the bidding with a £12 million offer for Caio, who reportedly has no shortage of European suitors.


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