Manchester United have missed out on Desportivo Brasil sensation Bruno Gomes after the teenager revealed he has opted to sign for Brazilian club Internacional.
The 17-year-old striker has visited United's Carrington training ground on a number of occasions over the past 18 months, with the Premier League champions thought to have had first refusal on him after Sir Alex Ferguson oversaw a deal to ensure he signs for the club upon his 18th birthday.
Despite frequently interacting with United fans on Twitter and posing in the club's training kits, it would appear Gomes has chosen a different destination, however, confirming through the social media website that he will join the likes of former United striker Diego Forlan and Leandro Damiao at Internacional.
United's reported agreement with the youngster was a product of a contract between the club and Desportivo, which saw a number of Brazilian youngsters head to Manchester for training camps twice a year, with United's Brazilian based coaches also working closely with the Brazilian outfit.
After the arrangement was met, five Desportivo youngsters in Gladstony, Aguilar, Lucas Evangelista, Agnaldo and Rafael Leao visited the club in 2011. Midfielder Leao was later taken on by the club on a short term basis, but was later released by the club having failed to make an impression in the reserve ranks.
Gomes, however, appeared destined to make a permanent switch to the club upon his 18th birthday. In October, Gomes tweeted, "Hello by friends!!! Today will be a great day! Bye." He followed that up with "Hello my fans of Manchester United!! How time..." before proceeding to retweet United fans congratulating him on his apparent confirmation of the move.
But having also been linked with moves to Real Madrid and Udinese it would appear this drawn out saga has reached its conclusion, with the talented teenager now set on remaining in Brazil.
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