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Baptista: No interest in letting Lucas go

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Chelsea and Manchester United target Lucas Moura will not be leaving Sao Paulo until 2014 at the earliest, according to his agent Wagner Ribeiro.

The 19-year-old Brazilian international midfielder is one of the most highly rated young players in all of South America, and has been heavily linked with a move to Europe this summer, as talkSPORT explains.

Despite being without a permanent manager, Chelsea are already believed to have lodged a £30million bid to bring Lucas to Stamford Bridge - the latest exciting prospect linked with the west London revolution that is starting to take shape, following the Blues' Champions League final success in May.

However, Roman Abramovich will face competition for the starlet's signature from Inter Milan, Manchester United and Barcelona in the pursuit of Lucas.

Speaking to Globoesporte in Brazil, Ribeiro explained: "Lucas likes Sao Paulo and will not leave until after the World Cup in 2014.

"He has asked to stay. He doesn't think about European football for now. Firstly, he wants to make a career for himself in Brazil and then leave having been appreciated here."

After agreeing a deal in principle for the transfer of Borussia Dortmund's Shinji Kagawa, it is unclear whether Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson is keen to bring another attack-minded midfielder to Old Trafford this summer, so his interest in Lucas may have passed.

Ribeiro is set to meet Sao Paulo director Adalberto Baptista in the coming days to seek final clarification over his clients future, but it's clear both parties share the same stance.

"We have no interest in letting Lucas go," added Baptista. "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."

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