The agent of Sao Paulo starlet Lucas Moura has revealed that the Brazilian club received a £25 million offer from an unnamed Premier League cub during the January transfer window, but turned it down.
Lucas is viewed as one of the hottest young prospects to emerge from South America in recent years, with the 19-year-old having already earned nine senior caps for Brazil.
Lucas’ representative, Wagner Ribeiro, insists that a sizeable bid from a Premier League club was rejected in January along with a similar offer from an Italian Serie A outfit.
“One bid of around £25m was from Italy and another from England by a similar number,” talkSPORT reports Ribeiro as telling La Gazzetta dello Sport.
"But the president decided not to sell and the situation has not changed. Sao Paolo do not want to sell the player."
ESPNSoccernet reports that the quotes attributed to Ribiero in the Italian newspaper referenced Inter Milan as the unamend Italian club, however there is no mention as to whether Chelsea or Manchester United lodged an offer in January.
While the Red Devils and Chelsea may be keen on Lucas, generally rated as the second best player to emerge from Brazil in recent years behind Neymar, the player himself appears to favour a move to Italy.
Citing his desire to emulate Kaka and become a success in Italy, Lucas highlighted his desire to join Inter last week.
“My dream after the Olympics is to join Inter, but I am no Kaka," Lucas is quoted as saying in Calcio Mercato. "I need to become more clinical in front of the net; sometimes I am not effective enough."