Manchester United is closing in on a £26 million deal with São Paulo to bring the 19-year-old to their club. It's a move that instantly makes Manchester serious contenders in the Champions League.
Georgina Turner of The Guardian reported on the possible move. She writes:
Manchester United have apparently agreed a £26m deal with São Paulo for Lucas Moura, the young attacking midfielder who's been getting Sir Alex Ferguson hot under the collar for a few months now; at half Paul Scholes's age, the lad can get up to quite a canter with the wind behind him. Look at him run! The whopping fee – and there's more to come for Moura's representatives, according to the Mirror – to be paid for a 19-year-old has surprised a lot of people. Not being in to publicity, of course, the Glazers probably had no idea what a perfect week this would be for them to press a few notes in to Fergie's palm.
This reported transfer fee is not including other financial obligations that face world football. Agent's fees and Moura's personal terms will also have to be hatched out once the move is finalized. Moura will also need to acquire a work permit, which is basically a formality at this point.
Manchester fans across the globe should be thrilled about the this move. Football aficionados have been raving about this kid's talent and potential.
He will be on display for the entire world throughout the Olympics on Brazil's national team. It should be expected that he performs at the highest level on the biggest stage.
Manchester United made the right call trying to get this deal done prior to the start of the Olympic games. If he lights it up and Brazil wins the Gold Medal, it's likely that the transfer fee would only increase.
Fans should sit back and appreciate the play of Moura throughout the Olympics. It will be a great showcase for Brazil's next biggest star—a 19-year-old phenom that also happens to be Manchester United's next biggest star.