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Manchester United: Moura close to signing

For those who are worried that the Lucas Moura deal is yet another that will raise the hopes of United fans before collapsing, fear not.

The last few years have been nearly seasons in the transfer market. Players such as Nasri, Silva, Villa and Benzema have been touted as future Red Devils before ultimately choosing other destinations.

Even this summer Manchester United fans have had to grin and bare it as Chelsea won the battle for the Belgian prodigy Eden Hazard.

But the omens for the Moura transfer are good. All parties now seem to want to conclude the deal.

Moura agent:

‘The player is my boss, I always talk to him. He determines what I do, my objectives. If he says that he doesn’t want to leave São Paulo, I won’t even listen to the offer. He told me to keep negotiating when I talked about Manchester United’s interest.’

“It’s a great offer. If it was an [impossible to refuse] one, he would leave, but he is happy at São Paulo too. If he stays there, life goes on.”

Sir Alex Ferguson:

“We haven’t reached an agreement. We’ve shown interest,”

 “Until such time we reach an agreement, we can’t say he (Moura) is ours.”

Sao Paolo:

‘I don’t rule out the possibility that in the future there are some sort of negotiations, because we received Manchester [United] with great courtesy and left open the possibility of more talks.

‘Manchester [United] came to us and their approach was serious. Other teams expressed an interest for Lucas, but only through the media in their countries.’

Unless Manchester United really start pinching the pennies, this deal will go ahead. If Fergie really thinks that this guy is gold then what difference does a few million make? United will ultimately make money on their investment, either in goals and trophies, or in cash form when Real Madrid try to buy him in a few years for megabucks!

Moura looks every bit the United player and we at soccersweep feel that, despite any rumours to the contrary, this deal is close.

Either way, we should have conclusive news on the deal soon. Watch this space.




  1. IdoghorKelvin

    Jul 26, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    I luv dis guy so much up manu

  2. Tactician

    Jul 26, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    UNITED MUST DO LIKE BARCELONA SELL ASHLEY YOUNG TO LIVERPOOL FOR £17m,BERBATOV £5m add on what is in the treasury we get lucas moura.

    • Leo

      Jul 26, 2012 at 7:41 pm

      selling ? ashley ? you must be crazy . He has been our best crosser last year and served our strikers very well

      • watches the game

        Jul 26, 2012 at 10:55 pm

        VALENCIA .

    • Agbese Joseph

      Jul 27, 2012 at 4:14 am

      U must b out of ur senses, when u made dt commnt, 2 sell Ashley young who help man u 2wrdz d end of d season. Am nt even sure U r a man u fan, u wudnt v made such commnt

    • ABELL

      Jul 27, 2012 at 2:12 pm


  3. yihenew mulualem

    Jul 26, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    manutd must singe lucas because mostly the weakens of united at the middle since the retaire of keane if united buy lucas it became the winner of both champions league and premier league definitely

    • ABELL

      Jul 27, 2012 at 2:17 pm


  4. Junior luda

    Jul 26, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Tunahitaji kumnunua lucas moura kabla ya olympic kuanza

    • tician

      Jul 26, 2012 at 5:19 pm

      umeonae. lucas moula OT iz ur perfect place 4 u

  5. Rotimi sunday

    Jul 26, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Let Moura come and assist kagawa in the mid fild so that our dream can come to reality

  6. Junior luda

    Jul 26, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    We need SAF 2 buy moura 2 add our middfilder

  7. ikechukwu simeon

    Jul 26, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    anything of any kind that stoped lucas switch to old traford will remain a perpetual wound to all the red devil fans.SAF shuld just try and sign him for us having loosed hazard to chelsea.UP D GRT MANUTD 4LYF.

  8. hayour

    Jul 26, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    man utd need Moura by all means, he’s a great player. If we must win the leaugue this season, we must sign Moura. United we stand.

  9. adetoro tobi

    Jul 26, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    United dnt be a fool we need moura pls go nd sigh him 4us

  10. Mr Vincent

    Jul 26, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Ferguson should go now and get the boy because he has the quality a midfielder needs no mater the cost

  11. Jackson kemepade fidelis

    Jul 26, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    I want man u to buy lucas muora because man u need a creative midfelder

  12. James

    Jul 26, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Moura is da player man u needs.united mid is always weak when we face a strong team

  13. komakech

    Jul 26, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    SAF should not miss this talented young boy 2 be sign both within and outside England
    man u fan your move.

  14. essen julius

    Jul 26, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    man u pls sign him,we need more trophy

  15. Sanni kunle

    Jul 26, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Let him sign.for us to adapt 4-2-3-1 formation.with kagawa moura nd valencia playin behnd rooney.nd carik,anderson holding d midfield

  16. Michael

    Jul 26, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Man u should forget Lucas and go and sign Eirsken and Baines

  17. Olatunde

    Jul 26, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Fergie should try by all means and sign lucas moura.if there is no enough cash berbatov can go so that berbatov money to complete the signing

  18. Idris

    Jul 26, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    I think manutd should go for him cos kagawa is a very fast player so he need some body like moura to assist him in the midfield if man u want to win champions nd premier league.

    • JKainge

      Jul 26, 2012 at 5:47 pm

      I think are right there, we need Moura then any other Player, to SAF that will be your biggest failure if you fail to sign up Moura try your best we have trust on you.

  19. Idris

    Jul 26, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    At least man u need to go for 2 players ie luka moura nd Rvp if really they want win trophy this season. What is babertov doing? Saf should sell him nd bring Rvp pls.

    • Maahir

      Jul 26, 2012 at 5:26 pm

      RVP won’t be a good player for man utd even though he became best scorer in the last season.the player that we need is Lewandowski and he is a great player and he is really young, and as we all know man utd is made to form stars not to buy star

  20. Maahir

    Jul 26, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Manchester should try to buy Lucas quickly and need to give the amount of money needed or else we can lose him as we lose hazard

  21. Barasa Maloba

    Jul 26, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Sir Alex please go and clear the deal before we miss moura

  22. Wisdom Isaiah

    Jul 26, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    SAF plz if it takes u 2 sell young,bebatov, to get moura, plz do, cos we need him in d midle of d park more than ever. United 4 life.

  23. David

    Jul 26, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Man u should buy moura and play de gea,vidic,smalling,rafael,evra,carrick,cleverly,kagawa,moura,valencia and u will win champions league and premier league

  24. Rogerdenis

    Jul 26, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    We need sahin not moura…Man-u 4 life

  25. Red pat

    Jul 26, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Tired of reading about this now. I read this article earlier with a quote from the Sao Pauli vice president which all of these rumour grinding websites seem to be omitting. It will be a miracle if this transfer happens.

    Sao Paulo insist Man Utd-target Lucas Moura ‘not for sale’
    by David Cooper, Jul 26, 2012
    The Lucas Moura transfer saga has taken another twist after Sao Paulo director Adalberto Baptista insisted the club will not be selling the Brazilian this summer.

    Lucas, 19, has emerged as United’s No1 transfer target after Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed his interest in the exciting attacking midfielder earlier this week.

    United have already failed with a near £27million bid for Lucas, but were said to be preparing a final take-it-or-leave-it offer after receiving encouragement from the player’s agent Wagner Ribeiro.

    Ribeiro claimed on Wednesday he had been instructed to continue “negotiating” with United by the player himself in what was seen as a clear Lucas was open to a move to Old Trafford.

    “He [Lucas] told me to keep negotiating when I talked about Manchester United’s interest. It’s a great offer. If it was an [impossible to refuse] one, he would leave,” Ribeiro told Radio Globo. 

    That came after Sao Paulo Paulo’s vice-president, Joao Paulo de Jesus Lopes, claimd the Brazilian giants were open to further bids from United. “I don’t rule out the possibility that in the future we open negotiations with Manchester United as we received them with great courtesy,” Lopes told ESPN. “And there is the possibility they come back with another offer. Their approach was serious.”

    But board member Baptista has now muddied the situation by claiming Ribeiro is only talking up a move for his own agenda and that Sao Paulo have ceased negotiations with United.

    “There are no negotiations going on. Everybody knows that we got an offer for him, and rejected it. It’s also known that Lucas doesn’t want to leave. The only person keeping the expectations alive is his agent,” Baptista declared to ESPN Brasil.

    “The decision is final. There will always be great team going after great players. This mismatch between the European and Brazilian transfer window makes it hard for national clubs, and we have to deal with that.”

  26. Kelvin

    Jul 26, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    SAF go quickly sign this guy b4 is 2 late

    • Abasiofon

      Jul 26, 2012 at 10:37 pm

      Well, i’ve been recieving this saga, sometimes in an article, about this lucas moura transfer, at the look out of previous signing, sir alex ferguson left frustrated at the injury time. Taking about Nasri, hazard snieder and others ,saf ws nt unable to catch up in the last fight, so i will advice and also encourage man united to meet up the price tag on moura before we left frustrated becos we lack creative midfielders, so it will be a be boast for man united bringing moura into the middle of the park that should emerge as the fear factor to sir alex ferguson. United we stand.

  27. smuggler

    Jul 26, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    man u should buy lucas, moura. we need him if we want to win premier league because of age
    he is only going to get better fergie this player is a must for man u we have always had speedy &
    skill-full players he would justified paying up to £30m if that what it take .

  28. Ahmad abubakar

    Jul 26, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Saf if 2ruly wat hppn last season hurt u den get moura if nt u will b hurt more

  29. Wise

    Jul 26, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    It’s man utd nt man u.SAF shld get moura+baines+lewandoski+sahin

  30. Brima S.Bangura

    Jul 26, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Fergi go quickly & Lucas Moura to Man United his presence in old Traford is all we’ve needed becozs we want to Win trophies as we’ve used to do.We don’t want to be trophyless like Arsenal FC.O my God we just can wait to see Lucas in d beautiful Red & white colours of United.

  31. Brima S.Bangura

    Jul 26, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Fergi go quickly & bring Lucas Moura to Man United his presence in old Traford is all we’ve needed becozs we want to Win trophies as we’ve used to do.We don’t want to be trophyless like Arsenal FC.O my God we just can wait to see Lucas in d beautiful Red & white colours of United.

  32. Jummey

    Jul 26, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Despite we say man united is richest club in the there stil behave like poor club,we need lucas moura,baine,Robin van persei,and many more.Pls.

  33. Omar odhiambo

    Jul 26, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    We are the champs? Yes we knw, but wht S.A.F must do first lucas must be there, secend manchester we are not good in defence any more we need 2 or 3 defenders espacialy in central defence! Who watchthe last match we play wd everton? Sure we have to thnk twise next season.

  34. Celo d.

    Jul 26, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Pls let man u sign lucas bcos we utd fans nid 2 be hapi next reason, i stil remain utd 4 life stil i die. Up man u!!

  35. Adewolu

    Jul 26, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    2 b candid man utd need dis gr8 bt small in age player cos of his creativity nd fast thinking if they want much more positive change dis season

  36. josh

    Jul 26, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Man Utd we must buy dis guy if we want 2 Win anytine dis season….Kagawa kan nt do it alone oooo we must buy one more….

  37. Geezy

    Jul 26, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Man u definately need Lucas Moura, he is fast, skillfull and has an electric pace. He can also play as a striker, SAF, pliz get this boy, he’s got magic feet.

  38. Emmy50

    Jul 26, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Man utd is d richest club, pls SAF sign lucas we need me.

  39. Arogbo oluseun

    Jul 26, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    We need moura, he can play from the wing, also as an attacking mildfield, also creat , he is a master in dribbling , so the gye is full of talent,

  40. Davidson

    Jul 26, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Up United with go to buy Moura I believer that

  41. Malachypepe

    Jul 26, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Man utd shld loan carrick nd buy lucas moura becos if carrick ws gud enough we could nt bring paul sholes back

  42. chris sneezy

    Jul 26, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    lucas is an asset dat promises to fetch more than dat whch was spent 2 bring him in… Bt da question stil remains incisive.. Is he worth da amount?

  43. Kenslove

    Jul 26, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    SAF i cant wait 2 see dis guy in red nd white colour pls make it quickly cuz he is very young nd a magic feet.

  44. Dennis

    Jul 26, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    4me am tired of dis rumour sir pls buy dis guy d fans re angry ok

  45. allyson sherif segun

    Jul 26, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    make manu get dis becos is a golden boy

  46. chukwudi mark

    Jul 27, 2012 at 12:35 am

    i wil nt b happy seeing man u loosing in maura

  47. Isibor o. John

    Jul 27, 2012 at 1:17 am

    Modric, prince boateng,levazzi,asamoah,sneijder, and many odas we kud nt gt dem, plez we wnt 2 c man u play a gud fut ball again wit d help of moura n kagawa n d midfid. Fans re nt smiling

  48. ForeverManU

    Jul 27, 2012 at 1:39 am

    Fergi, pls get Moura. Don’t miss out him this time. Moura can brings terror to opposition defends. He together with Ronney, Kagawa & Valencia will bring great firepower to Man U squad.

  49. Ozone tee

    Jul 27, 2012 at 3:11 am

    Man u worst in this year transfer u can nt afford to buy lucas and rvp and all this player is nt allowed u shu go for anoda player like witsel and lewadowski they are availabu nw

  50. Taoheed

    Jul 27, 2012 at 3:13 am

    Love the guy

  51. Jonathan

    Jul 27, 2012 at 4:33 am

    To be honest its a huge huge risk – all we’ve seen are a few clips on ou tube which are nothig to go by. People from Brazil say that Lucas may be a great player one day but at the mom is nowhere near being consistent or a world beater. I ask myself if he is so great how come he cannot even get into the Brazil olympic team? Come on – 40 mill for a reserve in the u23’s – something is not right.

    • Shaun

      Jul 27, 2012 at 7:40 am

      He’s 19…..and the Olympics ain’t finished yet…..Hulk, damaino and Neymar just more experienced.
      Oh, and bar a couple of names – that olympic U23 side you refer to is actually their senior team selection!!!!

  52. Dino Zagallo ( TZ)

    Jul 27, 2012 at 5:06 am

    Come up SAF & Grazer family, we dnt nid to count our money in poket, man utd is rich club, we hav to 4get our dept we hv. Lets go and sign him, SAF plz plz we nid him next week.

  53. mubarak

    Jul 27, 2012 at 5:17 am

    lucas moura is a great player he should join man in red

  54. Ensah

    Jul 27, 2012 at 5:23 am

    Rvp is not d needed player for man utd but Robert Lawadoski of Dotmount as Kagawa understand him better he for sure can score more than RVP and a better than him SAF go for him instead of RVP Moura of course is not questionable but the ideal player for united

  55. Shaun

    Jul 27, 2012 at 6:13 am

    Sell young 20m, Nani 25m, Valencia 20-25m, Berbatov 5m. There’s 70m.

    Buy moura 30m, Neymar 45m and Thiago Alacantara 23.5m (30m Eur buy out clause – Wikipedia)……okay this wont fund the project entirely but it would completely transform our team

  56. Chris

    Jul 27, 2012 at 7:06 am

    evry body, man-u pls buy muora…buy muor, hv u guys see him play?, hv u comfirm his quality?. My friends there is some many midplayer in the world, if we want to suceed we should nt rely on one player.

  57. Idris

    Jul 27, 2012 at 7:13 am

    Ensah I quite agree with u though, our problem now is luka moura. May be after moura then we talk about lewadoski but for moura is what man need.

  58. Idris

    Jul 27, 2012 at 7:16 am

    Ensah I quite agree with u though, our problem now is luka moura. May be after moura then we talk about lewadoski but for now moura is what man u want after all they said we are the most richest club in the world.

  59. Fasakin olaniyi

    Jul 27, 2012 at 7:21 am

    We’ve awaited opportunity lyk dis 4 d past 2 season , manutd manager pls do nt hessitate 2 purchase dis guy nomata ao cumbersome d journey may b. I believe shinji kagawa is multi talented player so let lucas com 2 assist him. Unity in diversity nt in dicotomy. United will stand 4ever. Up man u

  60. Bobo Ben Anwuli

    Jul 27, 2012 at 7:27 am

    man utd should go ahead and sign lucas mura and close the deal. Lucas can control our midfied with kagawa.

  61. anyi

    Jul 27, 2012 at 8:06 am

    moura is gud ledowski gud 2 man utd should try an conclude d deal cos we need 2 b creative in d middle of d park,kagawa is sharp young in age.moura is fantati pls fergie sign them utd 4 life

  62. Desmond Appiah

    Jul 27, 2012 at 8:09 am

    The richest club in the transfer market is chelsea while utd is only rich on paper.I don,t seem to understand why Fergie doesn’t want to buy a player who could be a long term replacement in midfield than to always rely on his old and weakened scholes Giggs who are always outrunned by a strong opponent such as city.For me am a united fan but if this issue of refusing to reinforce the squad continues then i bet to say that we will even drop out of the top four.

  63. Andy

    Jul 27, 2012 at 8:38 am

    SAF if you like dont buy Lucas Moura your hand will shake again.


    Jul 27, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Am really ashamed to hear that the richest club can’t afford £30 million to a talented and creative mildfilder, well my fellow fans bear you in mind a tree cannot make a forest am refering to KAGAWA,if i may ask what is Berbatov doing down there on the bench we have 4gotten what barca & man city did to us,if SAF failed to sign lucas muora, baines lets wait 4 another trophieless this season let manchester united and Glazer families help them self before God
    will help us out up united 4 ever.

  65. Bright

    Jul 27, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Tink al dat manu nid nw is sombdy lik my advise 2 saf is 2 go get him nw b4 d doorcloses us up.i cnt wait 2 c moura in d oldtrafford.GOD help my club next season

  66. nunocus

    Jul 27, 2012 at 10:57 am

    sell Bebatov then add the money to that we bid at that we bid at lucas moura. Not selling en other players. And am tire hearing about lucus moura, let give the club €30m they want and if they say no, we look at other player than waisting much of our time on imposibles.

  67. M jameel

    Jul 27, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Lucas moura is a 9c player we wish fergie dont b disappoint us as he did b4 he miss alot of 9c players. Long life united.

  68. Shaun

    Jul 27, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Sell young 20m, Nani 25m, Valencia 20-25m, Berbatov 5m. There’s 70m.

    Buy moura 30m, Neymar 45m and Thiago Alacantara 23.5m (30m Eur buy out clause – Wikipedia)……okay this wont fund the project entirely but it would completely transform our team

  69. Mughola Erick

    Jul 27, 2012 at 11:32 am

    We need to sign lucas to strengthen our mid which costd us last season, olso baines in diff and forget RvP.

  70. kagawa

    Jul 27, 2012 at 11:37 am

    man utd if we wnt win a trophy this season we mst go nd luk 4 a quality player up man u.

  71. Xxtreme

    Jul 27, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Lucas moura, i dnt tink dis guy wat his value, for him nt to be in Brazil XI in olympic. And SAF is nt even rest sure of him bcos he does nt take him tym to sign player when he kwn he realy need them. Wit d new totti arand, petrucci we dnt nid to gamble on dis guy.

  72. olad60

    Jul 27, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    i want man u sign moura to asist kagawa,

  73. Hakmed

    Jul 27, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Up united i plead fagie to sign at al cost. United 4 lyf

  74. Elson Alala

    Jul 27, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    man u plz dnt loos hop in moura. lets mak him to b part of the squat ths season.

  75. Mato Derro

    Aug 2, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Moula come to us please we promise to keep u safe

  76. Josephy langa

    Aug 4, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Moula is ok

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