Manchester United are in a titanic summer battle with Real Madrid to sign Brazil's next young superstar - Sao Paulo attacking midfielder Lucas - in a £12million deal, reports the Daily Mirror.

The 19-year-old is widely regarded as one of the brightest prospects in all of South Americal, and has already been capped 11 times by his country.

Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson is understood to have invited Lucas' father to Old Trafford for talks over a prospective move to England.

Since making his Sao Paulo debut just over 18 months ago, the talented teenager has already clocked up 70 senior appearances, and continues to make rapid strides in his development.

Some experts have gone as far as comparing Lucas with fellow Brazilian sensation Neymar, who has already garnered a reputation as one of the world's best modern day players.

Real Madrid have already held talks with Lucas' representatives about the possibility of summer switch to the Santiago Bernabeu, as Jose Mourinho looks to strengthen his squad.

But, Manchester United remain hopeful that the offer of immediate first-team football will convince the in-demand midfielder that his future will be better served in the Premier League.

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