Ever since Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed the club’s interest in Lucas Moura there have been umpteen reports about a potential move. However, even though it appeared as though the transfer was well and truly off several days ago, Moura’s club Sao Paulo are seemingly still open to the sale of the 19-year-old.
It is understood that United have been knocked back on two occasions for the player, with Fergie supposedly saying that enough is enough after a bid of £29m was rejected. However, Sao Paulo believe that the transfer could be reignited, with their vice-president Joao Paulo de Jesus Lopes telling Radio Estadao, “I don’t rule out the possibility that in the future we open negotiations with Manchester United as we received them with great courtesy. And there is the possibility they come back with another offer. Their approach was serious.”
Despite the immense speculation, some people have questioned United’s interest in the attacking midfielder. Several experts in Spain have been quoted as saying that while Moura is a huge talent, he is a small fish in Brazil compared to some of his compatriots. Moreover, some believe that he is far from the finished article and that Fergie would be purely buying potential. Of course, United have tasted huge amounts of success by acquiring such potential in the past, so it remains to be seen if they are going to be proved right again.
Should they not return with an improved bid, it would appear likely for the club to continue to increase the pace on the transfers of Robin Van Persie and Luka Modric. In the case of the former, the club have already had a bid rejected, yet it looks as though Ferguson is waiting to see what happens with the Moura transfer before progressing with a move for Modric.