Manchester United could still sign Brazilian youngster Lucas Moura, according to the Sao Paulo vice-president, despite the Red Devils ending their interest, reports the Daily
A deal to bring the 19-year-old to Old Trafford looked to have failed after the player’s agent confirmed Manchester United had pulled out of the deal due to a disagreement over the Moura’s valuation, with reports suggesting Sir Alex Ferguson would not go over £20m.
However despite the claims of agent Wagner Ribeiro, Sao Paulo’s vice president Joao Paulo de Jesus Lopes said that a deal could still be resurrected at some point and claims Manchester United’s interest was of a serious level.
Speaking to ESPN Radio Estadao, Lopes said: “I don’t rule out the possibility that in the future there is some sort of negotiations, because we received Manchester [United] with great courtesy and left open the possibility of more talks.”
Moura is currently on Olympic duty with Brazil in London and despite heavy interest in the midfielder, Lopes insisted the teenager wants to stay. He said: “The player has expressed his intention to remain at Sao Paulo, and is a very important player in our squad. He wants to stay because he is very young.”
Sao Paulo are thought to value Moura in the region of £26m, with his international teammate Oscar sealing his move to Chelsea this week for around £25m.
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