Manchester United have been encouraged to make a second bid for Brazilian wonderkid Lucas Moura, by the Sao Paulo vice-president.
Joao Paulo de Jesus Lopes admitted the Old Trafford club’s previous offer did not meet their valuation, but indicated the club would be open to further negotiations.
Moura’s agent, Wagner Ribiero, claimed earlier this week that any possible deal was off due to Sao Paulo asking for more than United were willing to pay, but Lopes’ comments suggest they are hoping for renewed interest on the part of the Red Devils.
“I don't rule out the possibility that in the future we open negotiations with Manchester United as we received them with great courtesy,” he told Radio Estadao ESPN.
“And there is the possibility they come back with another offer. Their approach was serious.
“Other teams have also expressed interest for Lucas, but only through the press from their countries.”
United boss, Sir Alex Ferguson, admitted they were trying to come to an agreement over the 19-year-old winger, but Ribiero suggested they had given up the chase due to Sa Paulo’s high demands.
“They have reached their limit,” he told Brazilian website UOL.com earlier this week.
“Lucas Moura won't leave. He is happy at Sao Paulo. We have to forget this subject. There is no possibility he leaves now.
“Manchester United made an offer, which was rejected and they won't make another one as they have reached their limit.”
Lucas is currently in London with the Brazil squad for the Olympics and his agent indicated he would be concentrating on trying to win a gold medal before any deal was done.
Lopes also indicated that the talented youngster was also happy to remain with Sao Paulo.