Tuesday, July 24, 2012


Sir Alex Ferguson's hopes of signing £30million-rated Lucas Moura have been shattered after Manchester United were warned the Brazilian midfielder will NOT leave Sao Paulo.

Having signed Shinji Kagawa and Nick Powell so far this summer, Ferguson identified the 19-year-old as his next big-money signing.

Ferguson admitted for the first time during the club's tour of China that he was keen to secure the star's signature.

However,  the gaffer has been frustrated in his attempts to land Moura, who is currently in London on Olympics duty for Brazil, after seeing two bids rejected for the player.

And Moura's agent Wagner Ribeiro has now hammered the final nail in the coffin in United's interest after insisting the teenager's asking price is well beyond the Barclays Premier League side's range.

'They have reached their limit,' Ribeiro told 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 have reached their limit.'

With a move for Moura seemingly off, Ferguson could now ramp up his efforts to beat Manchester City rival Roberto Mancini to the signing of wantaway Arsenal captain Robin van Persie.

Juventus are also in the hunt for the 28-year-old Dutchman with serious offers on the table and their heritage appeals to Van Persie, who insists his desire to move is fuelled by ambition and not money.

United's current bid is thought to be £16.5million which is close to the limit of what Juventus can afford.

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