Manchester United officials jet to Sao Paulo to tie up Moura deal

Posted: July 13, 2012 in Sports

Manchester United chief scout Jim Lawlor has flown to Brazil to tie up a £25million deal for Sao Paulo winger Lucas Moura.

Club secretary John Alexander could join him this weekend as the deposed champions attempt to make their third signing of the close-season – and see off last minute interest from Inter Milan.

Sao Paulo say they want over £30million for the gifted 19-year-old, but Old Trafford bosses are convinced they will sell for less than that – and may attempt to throw Brazilian midfielder Anderson, deemed surplus to requirements with the arrivals of Shinji Kagawa and Nick Powell, into the deal.

With Chelsea appearing to have dropped their interest in Moura, United now only have to see off Inter to land their No.1 summer target.

Asked if Inter had made headway in their negotiations with Sao Paulo, club president Massimo Moratti said on the club’s official website, http://www.inter.it: “Yes we have but the progress that has been made is to see whether or not there is a chance (to buy the player).

“Now we have to see if we can manage to carry it out. These are things that have to take place by putting everything together, which also means taking a look at our revenue.”

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