United Set To End Moura Chase After Seeing £30m Bid Rejected

By on July 17, 2012

With the summer transfer window in full swing, Football Talk will be keeping you up-to-date with all the latest transfer news throughout the summer. Today, Manchester United are set to pull out of the race to sign Lucas Moura.

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Manchester United are set to end their chase for Lucas Moura after seeing an improved £30m bid rejected by Sao Paulo, according to the Daily Mail.

The report claims that the Brazilian outfit have indicated they want to make at least £23.5m from any sale, and with Moura entitled to 20% of any transfer fee due to an agreement in his contract, United were confident they could strike a deal for around £30m.

However, it appears that latest offer has been knocked back by president Juvenal Juvencio leaving the proposed transfer hanging in the balance.

Sir Alex Ferguson sees the 19-year-old as an important addition as he looks to wrestle the Premier League title back from rivals City, and chief scout Jim Lawlor was sent to Brazil with the mission of concluding the deal.

But it seems he may be heading home empty handed after the latest set back. Before meeting with Lawlor last week, Juvencio claimed his club were prepared to gamble by not selling Moura and revealed he told Inter Milan as much when he met with them.

‘It is a gamble not selling Lucas, but one we are prepared to take.

‘When I sat down with Inter Milan’s sporting director Marco Branca recently, I told him not to bother talking about figures. We are not interested in that.’

Juvencio is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail

United’s chances of landing the highly-rated attacking midfielder will diminish further next month, as Moura’s cut of any fee will increase from 20% to 30% from August 1. With Sao Paulo looking for around £25m themselves, the overall deal could sky-rocket to around the £40m mark in a few weeks time.

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United will not consider paying anywhere near that kind of figure, so only have two weeks to strike a deal or risk losing out on one of their top summer transfer targets.

Would you pay over £30m for Moura? Get involved in the comments section.

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17 Comments

  1. Forty

    July 17, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    I think he should forget the deal and then try to look elsewhere……

  2. james

    July 17, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    its not lucas’s vault its sao paolo that are insisting on such a big fee lucas is worth around 30m if hazard is worth 32

  3. Carls

    July 17, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    If they don’t want 30mil, let’s 4get him and search else where, there are other great lalents in brazil or in europe such as eriksen, it’s because of the amount of money involve that make CHELSEA to run away

  4. Carls

    July 17, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    If they don’t want 30mil, let’s 4get him and search else where, there are other great talents in brazil or in europe such as eriksen, it’s because of the amount of money involve that make CHELSEA to run away and sign oscar, who is also a better talent

  5. Talal

    July 17, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    Why they don’t pay it and get it over with, cuz if they don’t seal it with that player they can forget of competing with the other big clubs in the premier league and utd will suffer like they did last season.

  6. joshua ayinde

    July 17, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Forget about him and go for moutinho , moura is not worth than 27milionE…. man u for life

  7. Awoyemi adelowo

    July 17, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Thats nonsence cuz d money s too much i wnd like SAF 2 go 4 d portugs player or eriksen

  8. shaz

    July 17, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    i never fancied that player one bit. pls, fegie forget him and go for moutihno who is also a brazilian by blood or eriksen.

  9. jetelinho

    July 17, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    it is good that it is over

  10. Mr.c

    July 17, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    I doubt very much united are really looking at a £30m youngster,the man utd media machine puts stories like this out to appease fans,they already know clubs won’t sell cheap,,the glazers won’t sell shirts or tickets otherwise.in transfer windows you get gill with ‘unlimited funds” then fergie ‘no value,we were looking at players,happy with squad’.utd are weaker at the moment than last season.owen gone, Berba is going and wellbeck mebey too,a couple near 40 year olds,looking like fletcher not coming back,I’d say if fergie thinks he will win the title back before he retires at end of this season,he’s deluded,and if the glazers think a new manager coming in to replace fergie won’t ask for a lot of funds to build his squad then they are too,mebey that’s why fergie hasnt retired yet.

    • simon

      July 18, 2012 at 3:06 pm

      Idiot!!!!

      How are Utd weaker than last year???? you mention players that barely featured for us last season.
      Berbatov barely played, Owen didnt play, Fletcher was out for most of season, was sick when he played anyway.Welbeck isnt going anywhere.

      Vidic, one of the best cb in the world is back, Cleverely & Anderson both back and fit. Kagawa, who was on the Bundesliga team of the year has just joined us. Chica, Welbeck, Rafael, cleverely,Smalling,Jones,De Gea are all a year older now.

      Utd will sign one more player and that’ll be that. If we dont sign a central midfielder i wont mind at all, Scholes,Carrick,Cleverley and anderson will be fine in that slot.
      I reckon Fergie might play 4-2-3-1 with Rooney(1),Kagawa/Nani or Young /Valencia(3), which is an absolutely quality attack and with Vidic back our defense will be rock solid again.

      • gary batley

        July 18, 2012 at 3:41 pm

        yep…agree wth that,vidic will be fresh after issing most of last season.Kagawa is a much better buy than Hazard…he played in the German league which is probably 3rd best in the world behind spain and england,asfor the French league pretty poor at present.
        got a sneaking feeling that Powell’s going to hit the goun running….lets see…

  11. Kelvin

    July 17, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    They ar many talented players across europe,moura is nt worth than £28 and man u should search for any other players that il b fit in that area

  12. virgopq

    July 18, 2012 at 1:37 am

    If Hazard is worth 32mil, Carroll 35mil, then Lucas is definitely worth excess of 35mil!!!. Fm the clips of him and ofcourse, his youth then it’s worth every penny!. Go get him Fergie!. He’ll reap u alot more in 3-5 years time …… more than CR7!!!.

  13. said mussa

    July 18, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    paying more than 30Mil for 19 years old boy is rediculous. i thinks Man Utd should end this chases

  14. jago

    July 18, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    ITS TOO MUCH NOW, FORGET ABOUT HIM ,RATHER LOOK FOR OTHER EUROPEAN PLAYERS WHO WILL ADAPT MORE QUICKLY THAN THIS BRAZILIAN TAKING ANDERSON AS EXAMPLE, I THINK FERGUSON SHOULD NOT GAMBLE ON THIS PLAYER .

  15. gary batley

    July 18, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    sounds like the president of his club are trying to get an “auction” going for the players signature…unless united can get a deal around £30mil…its not worth pursuing..

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