Manchester United’s pursuit of Lucas Moura has taken another confusing turn, as the player’s agent has disclosed that he is still negotiating a potential transfer for the 19-year-old, despite ruling out a move days ago.
Sao Paulo reportedly turned down a bid in the region of £26 million for their valued asset Lucas, seemingly determined to hold out for £30 million. Wagner Ribeiro, Moura’s prominent agent subsequently told the press that the move was off, as United were not willing to increase their offer.
But since speaking to Radio Globo, as reported by Sky Sports, the agent spoke of his client’s prevailing interest in the move to Old Trafford, and his instructions to persist with the negotiations with Manchester United’s representatives.
"The player is my boss, I always talk to him," Ribeiro said. "He determines what I do, my objectives. If he says that he doesn't want to leave Sao Paulo, I won't even listen to the offer.”
Riberio then went on to acknowledge a substantial offer from the Premier League runners up.
"It's a great offer. If it was an irrecusable one, he would leave, but he is happy at Sao Paulo too. If he stays there, life goes on."
Moura is in Cardiff with the Brazil squad preparing for their opening match of London 2012 against Egypt at the Millennium Stadium on Thursday evening.