Brazilian teenage sensation Lucas Moura is the latest transfer target who could be heading to Old Trafford according to the latest reports in the British press.
The Mirror notes:
Manchester United have made a £20million-plus bid for Brazilian wonder boy Lucas Moura – and want him signed before he plays in the Olympics.
United are now in official negotiations for the Samba starlet who is their top target for the new season, as Mirror Sport revealed, and the opening offer could rise in the coming days.
Boss Sir Alex Ferguson has given the go-ahead to spend a chunk of his budget on the Sao Paulo sensation who would walk into his side even at the age of 19.
Lucas is set to figure for Brazil in the Olympics and United are reportedly keen to hammer out a deal before the winger makes a big impression at such a high-profile event.
The Independent claim that United will face stiff competition for the Sao Paolo youngster and add £10 million on to the transfer, noting:
The Red Devils are not the only club thought to be pursuing the midfielder, as Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Chelsea are all thought to be keen on him.
His father has already held talks with the Italians this week, while Manchester United are thought to have sent negotiators to meet with Sao Paulo officials to discuss a potential £30m transfer.
Signing a player of Lucas’s ability – he’s one of the most talked about youngsters in Brazil- would excite the fans of any club and United should be no different. Call me a cynic but with a gaping hole still in the middle of the park crying out for someone who can actually win the ball not just do things when he’s been given it, I’m still of the opinion that it’s a ball winner in the Chieck Tiote mould the Reds need.
If we do sign Lucas though, don’t expect me to complain.