Klebserson targeting European move
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The 23-year-old impressed greatly in Brazil's successful campaign in Japan and Korea, but has told his club he wants to leave and join one of Europe's big teams.
The Brazilian performed in all 90 minutes of his country's 2-0 win over Germany in Yokohama and also played virtually ever second of their 1-0 semi-final defeat of Turkey.
Despite wanting to keep the star, Paranaense president Petraglia is resigned to losing the player, saying: "Kleberson is out of our plans for the next season. It's out of our hands.
"He is not motivated enough to come back and play for Paranaense. He wants to play for a team like Barcelona, Manchester United or Real Madrid."
However, Manchester United have seemingly ruled themselves out of the running for the international after chief executive Peter Kenyon revealed the club will not be making any further summer signings following the £30 million capture of Rio Ferdinand from Leeds United.
Real Madrid are also unlikely to make a bid as they are currently trying to reduce their squad in a bid to trim the club's massive wage bill, although Barcelona manager Louis van Gaal might swoop for the Samba star to complement the club's recent South American capture of Juan Roman Riquelme.
Even if a move to one of his his three favoured options fails to materialise, Kleberson is sure to attract interest from a number of Europe`s other big guns.