Benfica manager Giovanni Trapattoni has confirmed he is interested in signing Manchester United midfielder Kleberson to Portugal.

Kleberson is currently out with an ankle injury and has made only 22 appearances for United since moving to Old Trafford from Atletico Paranaense 18 months ago.

But Trapattoni told the Daily Express: “The player wants to come, the businessmen also, but not the club.

“We have spoken and we are going to pursue the possibility of hiring him.”

“Negotiations are not always easy, but the deal is not at a standstill.”