Sao Paulo have insisted they will not be selling Lucas Moura to Chelsea or Inter Milan this summer, according to Sky Sports.
The Brazil international has been linked with a move to the Champions League winners and the Serie A giants, but Sao Paulo insist the player is keen to stay.
The 19-year-old is one of his country’s brightest prospects, along with Santos star Neymar, and Sao Paulo president Juvenal Juvencio recently said that Chelsea were closest to signing him. Real Madrid, managed by former-Blues boss Jose Mourinho, were also thought to be interested, while Inter Milan are believed to have had a bid rejected for the starlet.
But Sao Paulo director of football Adalberto Baptista has insisted that Lucas will be staying in Brazil, and that the talented youngster is happy to continue with the Brazilian club.
“We have no interest in letting Lucas go,” Baptista told Radio Estadao ESPN.
“Lucas also said he has no interest in leaving Sao Paulo. If it’s to discuss a transfer, we have to talk about the buy-out clause, as we know his market value is much higher than what has been offered for him.”
The player’s agent, Wagner Ribeiro, revealed that Inter made an offer of £14.5m for the player, but it is likely to take a much higher bid to tempt the Brazilian side into selling.