Ribeiro: Chelsea & United 'contact' over Brazilian whiz

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Chelsea and Manchester United have both contacted the agent of Lucas Moura in relation to signing the Sao Paulo midfielder.

The 19-year-old has previously been linked with a move to Bayern Munich, while he also turned down a move to Inter Milan.

However, it now appears the Premier League elite are sniffing around the 10-cap Brazilian international, with Chelsea and United now among those taking an interest.

"I have to say that Inter, Chelsea and Manchester United have already been in contact with me about him," Ribeiro told Globo Esporte.

"He has the perfect profile to play in Europe - he's a good player, very rapid and he knows how to shoot. However, a possible move doesn't depend on me. You firstly have to speak with the club and then the player.

"At the moment the player wants to stay at Sao Paulo and the club don't want to sell him."

The news comes as something of a surprise given the reported release clause of Moura being in the region of €80 million.

United's spending spree last summer means they're unlikely to make such an offer, however Chelsea, who are expected to bring in a new manager in the coming summer, could hand substantial funds to their new man.

A deal being sealed could rely on the Blues qualifying for the Champions League next season though, a race they lie five points off the pace in.

Furthermore, Moura would fit in nicely alongside fellow Brazilian's David Luiz and Ramires, who after struggling at first, have settled in nicely at Stamford Bridge.

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