Old Trafford club to spend big on Emirates Stadium striker and Sao Paulo youngster.
United to splash £50m on Moura and Van Persie as Glazers send a signal
Manchester United have agreed a £30million deal for Brazil’s Lucas Moura – and Sir Alex Ferguson is hoping to take his spending to close on £50m by finally ending the Robin van Persie transfer saga this week.
Lucas Moura will have a medical in Manchester today after travelling down last night from Newcastle for Brazil’s Olympic Games quarter-final against Honduras at St James’ Park, where he started on the bench.
He will also be on hand to press ahead with Van Persie’s move.
Ferguson is optimistic that any further hitches will be overcome for the Holland striker to become a United player before the season’s curtain-raiser in a fortnight.
But he has not concealed his desire to move to Old Trafford and that is the ace up Ferguson’s sleeve.
The United boss will have to compromise on his refusal to comply with the Gunners’ £25m demand, with the final figure likely to be about the £20m mark.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
Sir Alex Ferguson would appear to mean business. Having seen his side lose their Premier League title to local rivals Man City and watched Man United crash out of the Champions League at the first hurdle, the Scot is looking to spend, and spend big.
Having already brought in Shinji Kagawa and Nick Powell early in the transfer window things have been ominously quiet at the Old Trafford club but this source believes that is all about to change. Ferguson will apparently be handed significant funds to land two targets the Man United boss feels will give his side a chance of securing major honours in 2012/13.
Man United have been in pursuit of Sao Paulo teenager Lucas Moura for a number of weeks and had earlier bids turned down but apparently Ferguson is set to sign the Brazilian international in a deal that will cost the Premier League side £30m.
Robin Van Persie’s insistence that he will not sign a new Arsenal contract has led many sides to register their interest in the Gunners skipper and Man United will look to beef up their attack by landing the Dutch international.
Ferguson may well feel he needs to bring in alternative attacking options this summer. Michael Owen has been released and Dimitar Berbatov is seemingly not a player the Man United manager rates highly, hence the Bulgarian making just five top tier starts last term despite being the club’s top-scorer in 2010/11.
Javier Hernandez has struggled to replicate the form he showed in his first season at the club and whilst Danny Welbeck has greatly improved the youngster is by no means a prolific marksman.
Perhaps Sir Alex wants to pull off a signing that would create something of a dream team pairing of Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie but is that a move that Arsene Wenger will sanction this summer?
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