Manchester United have upped their interest in Sao Paulo’s Lucas Moura, and have sent chief scout Jim Lawlor to Brazil in order to run the rule over the promising youngster.
United have already snapped up both Shinji Kagawa and Nick Powell this summer, but manager Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed yesterday he was still in the market for ‘one or two more’ signings.
The Red Devils have been keen on Moura for some time now and are said to be closing on a deal, with the Daily Mail reporting that club secretary John Alexander is waiting for the green light from Lawlor before setting the wheels of a deal in motion.
Both Chelsea and Inter Milan are also interested in the Brazilian youngster, who will represent his country at the Olympics late this month.
Sao Paulo have suggested they have previously turned down a £32.4 million offer from Chelsea, while Inter have reportedly had a £20 million bid rejected out of hand.
More concerning for United than Chelsea’s interest is the persistence of Inter however, with the Serie A side still trying to thrash out a deal with the South American club.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Inter chairman Massimo Moratti revealed they were making progress towards signing Moura.
“Yes we have but the progress that has been made is to see whether or not there is a chance (to buy the player),” he told inter.it.
"Now we have to see if we can manage to carry it out. These are things that have to take place by putting everything together, which also means taking a look at our revenue."
Reports in Brazil say around £30 million will be enough to secure the services of 19-year-old.