Sao Paulo are considering negotiating a new contract with Lucas Moura in the hope of keeping the young Brazilian from the clutches of Manchester United.

Lucas has been pursued by United all summer, while Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed his interest, and have already seen at least one bid for the 19-year-old rejected by his current employers.

Sao Paulo are holding out for over £30 million for Lucas but, so far, United have been unable to meet the demands of the Brazilian club.

However, United may now find their attempts to sign the midfielder damaged even further as Sao Paulo consider plans to extend Lucas's current four year deal.

"It's possible we change his contract," the club's director of football Baptista told UOL. "He has four more years of contract. We may call him to extend, renegotiate his contract, maybe for 18 more months".

Lucas is currently in England with Brazil as part of their Olympics squad, and has already had the opportunity to play at would-be home Old Trafford.

Brazil have won both their encounters so far in their quest for a first football goal medal, beating Egypt and Belarus to enhance their chances of glory.

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