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Report: Manchester United Agree £26 Million Deal with Sao Paulo for Lucas Moura

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Max TowleAnalyst IJuly 22, 2012

The Daily Mirror today reports that Manchester United have agreed on a deal, believed to be £26 million, with Sao Paulo to bring teenage phenom Lucas Moura to Old Trafford.

It should be said that this price does not include agent's fees and personal terms with the player himself—these being unfortunate add-ons that seem to be becoming an increasing necessity in transfer negotiations in world football.

The player would also need to acquire a work permit for the transfer to take place, although there should be little difficulty here, due to the significant price for the player, and the fact that he has represented his national team several times.

The deal will come as a relief to many United fans, who are no strangers to the Brazilian's talent and potential.

Indeed, when called upon to play the final 20 minutes in a recent friendly against Great Britain, Lucas did not disappoint, tormenting the Olympic team's unfortunate defence.

For those questioning Sir Alex Ferguson's motives in adding another attacking player to his squad, last season's disastrous Champions League campaign highlighted the need for more variety in United's attacking formation.

With Lucas and the confirmed signing of Shinji Kagawa, United will be able to deploy the more continental 4-2-3-1 formation in the hopes that they can reclaim dominance, not just in the Premier League, but in European football as well.

Yesterday, it was reported that Lucas' Brazilian teammate—and Manchester United defender—Rafael, had already expressed his desire over a possible move to Old Trafford by Moura (via The Mirror).

When asked if Lucas was excited about coming to Old Trafford, Rafael replied: "Yes, yes!"

It can be said that the majority of Manchester United fans feel the same way.

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