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United to end wonderkid chase.
Manchester United may have to concede defeat in their battle to prise Lucas Moura away from Sao Paulo, amid reports in Brazil that they have failed with a £30million bid for the 19-year old attacking midfielder.
With Lucas entitled to 20 per cent of any fee, under the terms of his contract, and Sao Paulo indicating they wanted to clear at least £23.5m in any deal for their prize asset, United were convinced their latest offer would be enough to break the deadlock.
Sir Alex Ferguson sees the addition of one of Brazil’s outstanding prospects as essential for wresting the Barclays Premier League title back from neighbours Manchester City, and he dispatched chief scout Jim Lawlor to Sao Paulo with instructions to make sure a deal was concluded.
But the mission may not be accomplished, after Brazilian media outlet Globo esporte reported that an improved bid of 38million euros (around £30million) had been rejected by Sao Paulo president Juvenal Juvencio.
SOURCE: The Daily Mail
If the source is to be believed, Manchester United will abandon their pursuit of Brazilian wonderkid Lucas Moura, after Sao Paulo rejected a £30 million bid from the Premier League giants.
While Nani and Antonio Valencia might be breathing a sigh of relief (Moura is predominantly a right-winger), you could forgive Manchester United fans for feeling disappointed.
The 19-year-old is one of the most exciting players in world football and has already amassed 15 caps for the Brazilian senior team. He is sure to leave his homeland sooner or later and if United won’t pay up, the chances are that Real Madrid, Chelsea, PSG or even Manchester City will.
And judging from the video below (which has no sound), you can see why Sao Paulo are demanding such a premium for the signature of the tricky winger.
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