''LUCAS MOURA WILL NOT LEAVE SAO PAULO'' AGENT TELLS MANCHESTER UNITED
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
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.