For all the tabloid transfer tattle, the rumours linking Manchester United with Brazilian young-gun Lucas Moura seem to be by far the most genuine.
Indeed, a report today in Brazilian newspaper Lance! states that the Reds have tabled a bid of around €33 million (or £26 million) for the Sao Paulo attacking midfielder, as Sir Alex attempts to see off Inter Milan in the chase for his signature (h/t ESPNSoccernet).
The Daily Mail are in complete accord, reporting that United's now famous "delegation" are locked into negotiations for the youngster, as they look to complete a deal before next week, when preparations for the Summer Olympics get underway.
Their price is a similar £25 million, although the British tabloid seem to believe that Anderson might be included in the deal as a sort of make-weight.
As reported on this website yesterday, in a press conference Sir Alex intimated that at least one more signing would take place this summer, as the club look to bounce back from a relatively disappointing trophy-less campaign.
United have already completed deals to bring both Borussia Dortmund's Shinji Kagawa and Crewe's Nick Powell to the club in deals believed to be worth around £12 million and £4 million respectively.
But for the fans who look for the Reds to make a marquee signing every transfer window, the move for Lucas Moura will surely satisfy, the player's ability and potential perhaps mirroring that of Cristiano Ronaldo, when he made the move from Sporting Lisbon in 2003.
The only issue with the potential transfer is the fact that Lucas, Kagawa and Powell all occupy a similar position in attacking midfield, as some pinpointed United's defensive midfield being its most significant weakness last season.
But if Lucas were to even come close to developing at the same rate as Ronaldo, exciting times certainly lie ahead for the Reds.
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