Date: 24th July 2012 at 12:09pm
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Lose the nose strips and we'll pay the money.
Lose the nose strips and we’ll pay the money.

United’s pursuit of Lucas Moura now appears to be dead after the youngster’s agent admitted the Reds have failed to match Sao Paolo’s valuation of the player.

Wagner Ribeiro claimed that his client will be staying with the Brazilian giants this season after United’s best offer possible was rejected, seemingly leaving little room for manouvre from either side.

Ribeiro told Brazilian website UOL:

“Lucas Moura won’t leave. He is happy at Sao Paulo. we have to forget this  subject. There is no possibility he leaves now.

“Manchester United made an offer which was rejected and they won’t make  another one as they reached their limit.”

This could be a ploy by the agent to try and get his client more money- after all it would hardly be the first time that’s happened- but his statement does seem pretty final.

Should United start increasing their offer past the £30 million mark, all of a sudden  it goes from being a bit of a risk to a major gamble in forking out so much money for a player who’s yet to experience the very top level of football, or the English climate for more than a few days.

I’ve said all along bar a few youtube clips I know little or nothing about Lucas and regardless of how much regard the South American football experts have for him, I’m not about to lose any sleep if United don’t spend £30 million on a player I’d never heard of in March.

Should United up the ante or walk away? Feel free to rant below: