Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson confirms club’s interest in Sao Paulo's Lucas Moura
ALEX Ferguson has admitted that he is keen to sign Sao Paulo prodigy Lucas Moura, but insists that Manchester United have not struck a deal for the Brazil Olympic midfielder.
Reports in South America had suggested that United had agreed a £26m deal for the 19-year-old, who is valued in excess of £35m by his current club. But speaking in Shanghai ahead of United’s friendly against Shanghai Shenhua on Wednesday, Ferguson claimed that efforts to strike a deal with Sao Paulo have yet to bear fruit.
“It’s not correct (that a deal has been agreed).” Ferguson said. “We haven’t reached agreement for the player, but we have shown an interest.
“Until such time as we get an agreement agreed, we cannot say he is our player.”
With United having lodged bids for Moura and Arsenal forward Robin van Persie, the club are determined to add to their two summer signings to date – Nick Powell and Shinji Kagawa.
And Ferguson insists that United are working overtime in order to add to their squad in time for the new season.
He said: “We’ve signed two players, Kagawa and Powell, and we think they have fantastic potential.
“At this moment in time, we are looking at other options to bring others in.
“We are not lying on our backside doing nothing, we are trying hard to bring players into the club.”