Old Trafford side ready to break transfer record to secure long term target.
Manchester United are set to make a £32 million offer for Lucas Moura after Sao Paulo rejected their latest bid of £27.2m,
The Brazilian club have claimed that United made a “very important offer of €35m [£27.2m]” for their 19-year-old attacking midfielder.
Sources have indicated that the Red Devils’ bid was made on Thursday and that the club are now expected to return with a final offer, which they are confident will be enough to seal the deal.
Thiago Silva has backed Lucas Moura to become the next Cristiano Ronaldo if he completes his move to Manchester United.
Sir Alex Ferguson has reportedly seen a £30m bid rejected for the 19-year-old, with Sao Paulo seemingly wanting £50m to allow their star asset to leave.
And Brazil captain Silva says that the forward has every chance of emulating Ronaldo if he does move to Old Trafford.
“I see many possibilities for Lucas to play in English football,” said the Paris Saint Germain centre-back.
“Despite being a short guy he is really strong and powerful. It is really difficult to stop him.
“In Manchester particularly, they play with two wingers – it used to be Cristiano Ronaldo and now it’s Nani. He has the same qualities as these players.”
So such a glowing reference from newly purchased PSG centre back Thiago Silva may go some way to explaining why Man United are willing to once again up their offer for Sao Paulo youngster Lucas Moura.
Having failed with a massive £29m bid Sir Alex Ferguson may well have thought nothing of adding a couple more million to one final bid for the 19 year old attacking midfielder, who can also play in a wide role.
Moura has already made over 100 appearances for his hometown club and the Sao Paulo man already has 15 international caps to his name and the chances of securing a deal to sign the teenager are helped by the fact that the youngster is in England taking part in the 2012 Olympic football tournament.
Ferguson has already brought in Shinji Kagawa and Nick Powell this summer but appears keen to further improve a squad that lost it’s Premier League crown to local rivals Man City and crashed out of the Champions League at the group stage.
If this £32m bid is accepted by Sao Paulo then it would exceed Man United’s previous record transfer fee spend, which currently stands at £30.75m, the fee paid to Tottenham for Dimitar Berbatov back in the summer of 2008.
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