Sao Paulo offer new contract to ward off Moura interest

Sao Paulo are are readying a new improved offer for in demand Brazilian young star Lucas Moura in a desperate bid to keep him at the club.

Manchester United have been hot in trails of the teenage wonderkid and Sir Alex Ferguson seems to have Moura as his top transfer target. The Red Devils, however, have already had one of their bids rejected as Sao Paulo are holding up for an offer close to £30m.

The highly rated Samba international is currently in London representing his country in the Olympics and club director of football, Adalberto Baptista, has confirmed that they are planning to offer him a new contract.

“It’s possible we change his contract,” Baptista told UOL. “He has four more years of contract. We may call him to extend, renegotiate his contract, maybe for 18 more months”.

Baptista also rubbished rumors of Moura’s parents traveling to Manchester to meet Fergie and hold talks over a possible transfer.

“His family went to England just to watch the Olympics, they had already told us they would,” added Baptista.

“They want to follow their son, like any parents would in a competition like that. There is no negotiation, no talks, anything.”

The 19 year old has not been part of Brazil’s first team so far in the Olympics and Baptista feels that Moura deserves to be playing regularly for Mano Menezes’ side.

“Lucas is now focused and it’s in our interest he shows his best football, even though he is not being given as much playing time as he should at the national team, but that’s just my personal opinion,” said Baptista.


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