Unearth gems! Fergie ups United's game in South America with increased scouting network
08:14 GMT, 10 September 2012
Sir Alex Ferguson has instructed his scouting team to up their efforts in South America and Mexico as the Manchester United boss looks to beat his European rivals to the planet's brightest young talent.
The Scot has been in the United States during the international break, and while he has enjoyed some well-earned time off, he has revealed he's keeping tabs on the seven staff he has stationed in around the region.
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United have delved into the South
American market almost every year since the arrival of the Da Silva
brothers – Rafael and Fabio – in 2008, largely experiencing success.
Angelo Henriquez was signed for 4million this summer from Universidad Chile, following in the footsteps of Javier Hernandez who was signed for a similarly lowly fee in 2011.
And now Fergson says he hopes to unearth a few more gems in the coming years to avoid having to pay considerably more for players once they've developed at other European clubs.
'Our scouting there has increased,' he told Inside United. 'We've got an operative in Mexico, two in Brazil and four South American scouts now.
'Quite frankly, they do produce. The South Americans love playing football, it’s just in their blood. The three Brazilians – Anderson, Rafael and Fabio – love it and are first to training every morning. It’s a breath of fresh air.
'Antonio Valencia is as tough as nails with great discipline about him. Chicharito has a fantastic attitude to playing and everything else. It’s really good. We’ve done very well in Central and South America in the last two or three years.'
United first moved to tie up good
links with the region in 2011 when they secured a partnership with Sao
Paulo academy Desportivo Brasil.
likes of Gladstony, Aguilar, Lucas Evangelista, Agnaldo, and Rafael
Leao have all been invited at some point to visit the club, and in some
increase of a presence also comes off the back of a frustrating summer
for Ferguson who missed out on the highly-rated teenager Lucas Moura who
was eventually signed by Paris St Germain for 35million.
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