Sao Paulo starlet Lucas Moura is on the verge of snubbing Chelsea and instead securing a move to Real Madrid, reports Marca.

 

Chelsea appeared to be the driving seat to land Moura after Sao Paulo president Juvencio Juvena declared them ‘closest’ to landing the Brazilian international despite reportedly having a bid of around £32 million turned down earlier this month.

 

Inter Milan were also believed to be in the race for his signature having previously been encouraged in their pursuit of Moura, who declared an interest in joining the Italian giants.

 

Now though it appears as though Real Madrid will sweep both clubs aside to land their man, although he will stay in Brazil until 2013, according to Marca.

 

While that could prove to be a problem for the Brazilian club who want to cash in this summer, Madrid may opt to snap up the 19-year-old and loan him back to his current club before he heads to Spain in the future.

 

Madrid boss Jose Mourinho was reportedly present to watch Moura in action during Brazil’s 3-1 friendly win over Denmark in Hamburg, with the La Liga champions looking to complete the deal in the coming days.

 

Marca reports that negotiations between Moura, his agent Wagner Ribeiro and Madrid opened last month, with the talented youngster said to be keen on snubbing the likes of Chelsea and Inter to sign for Real Madrid.

 

Chelsea’s position regarding Moura remains unclear after they landed Eden Hazard for a fee believed to be around £32 million this week.

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