Sir Alex Ferguson makes take it or leave it offer for Old Trafford target.
Lucas Moura continues to frustrate Manchester United’s transfer bid
Manchester United are set to make a final take it or leave it offer for Sao Paulo wonderkid Lucas Moura.
The Red Devils have been locked in negotiations for 19-year-old Lucas for the last two weeks, but are now ready for a final round of make or break talks in a bid to resolve the deadlocked situation.
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is desperate to land the all action midfielder – rated as one of the biggest talents in South America – but is refusing to match Sao Paulo’s £30 million price tag.
United are due to speak to Sao Paulo again over the weekend, before lodging their final offer, expected to be £27 million plus substantial add ons.
Out-of-favour midfielder Anderson could also go the other way on loan as part of the deal, but Sao Paulo are yet to express an interest.
Regardless of the obvious quality Lucas Moura possesses there is always an element of risk associated with the ability of a young South American to make it in Europe and therefore this offer from Man United for the Sao Paulo man seems a more than acceptable one.
The teenager is currently in England with the Brazilian Olympic football team and that does in some way leave a time frame for which to see a deal through. Clearly if nothing to signed and sealed by the time the Olympics are done and dusted, business can still be conducted but clearly that availability of the player and his representatives offers more chance of a move being secured over the next couple of weeks.
Sao Paulo do appear do be leaving a door open for such a deal as clearly they haven’t stated that Lucas Moura was not for sale and are seemingly looking to get as much as they can for the talented young attacking midfielder.
Though Ferguson has brought in Shinji Kagawa the Man United boss will still be thinking he could do with adding more of a creative attacking midfield element to a side that currently has a number of more rigid players, players like Michael Carrick, Anderson and Paul Scholes, who all offer something but not all that much going forward, certainly not with regards to goals and assists.
Sir Alex Ferguson is not the type of man who will take no as a response too many times before he gives up and moves on so perhaps this final bid will do the trick.
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