The Brazilian international showed the world his striking finesse during an impressive Olympic 2012 campaign, and according to the Daily Mail, the 23 year old could be on his way to Old Trafford as early as January.
Leandro Damiao was a target for Tottenham during the transfer window, but were priced out of a move after Internacional’s price tag exceeded the £20 million Spurs were prepared to pay for him.
The reported United target scored 6 goals during Brazil’s 2012 Olympic tournament, but failed to win the gold medals after a brave performance from Mexico saw their South American neighbours pulling off a major upset.
Although Manchester United would be the most ambitious option for Leandro, it might not be the most beneficial option for the striker.
When comparing the strike-force of both clubs, it would be much easier for Damiao to challenge for a first-team spot in Tottenham’s team where he would face competition from Adebayor and Defoe, in contrast to United’s Wayne Rooney, Robin Van Persie, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez.
Even though it would be easier for Damiao to play Champions League football with Manchester United as top four regulars, the time he will play in the European competition would be limited due to falling down the pecking order.
Not only this, but considering Manchester United just spent £24 million bringing in Van Persie, it would be foolish for the club to spend such a large sum of money on another striker, especially when looking at their unimpressive midfield in comparison to Manchester City or Chelsea.
But could Spurs lure Damiao to White Hart Lane either?
With Tottenham closing the transfer window racking in a profit of £10 million, the cash from their brief stint in the Champions League is still to be invested in transfers, with the club thought to have racked up £40 million due to the UEFA competition.
However, the Brazilian number 9 has admitted that he isn’t fussed about a move in the near future, with his eyes being set upon the 2014 World Cup in his home country of Brazil.