Manchester United right-back Rafael da Silva has told his Brazil teammate Lucas Moura to join Sir Alex Ferguson’s side.
According to the Daily Mirror, the Old Trafford side have made a £27m bid for the Sao Paulo star, but the Brazilian club are holding out for closer to £34m. The 19-year-old already has 15 caps for the Brazil national team and is set to compete in the upcoming Olympic Games.
And Rafael, who has played with the Sao Paulo midfielder several times while on international duty, has admitted to having a quiet word with Moura to try and convince him to play for United.
“I have told Lucas he should come to Manchester United - of course,” said Rafael. “If you saw the way we played at Middlesbrough you will know Brazilian players can play well in England! We enjoyed the game, but we just enjoy playing.”
The Brazil Olympic squad prepared for the Games with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Team GB. Stuart Pearce’s side were kept in the match thanks to some goalkeeping heroics from Birmingham keeper Jack Butland.
Neymar and Sandro got on the scoresheet for the Brazilians, who are looking to win their country’s first ever Olympic football gold medal.
Chelsea transfer target Oscar, who is reported to have completed a medical ahead of a move to Stamford Bridge, also got Rafael’s seal of approval.
“I have heard about Oscar coming to Chelsea and he is a good player and very important for us,” said the United fullback. “I really think he will do very well in the Premier League because he is a talented player.”