Manchester United Transfer News: Lucas Moura to Be Offered New Contract

Dan Talintyre@@dantalintyreSenior Analyst IIJuly 31, 2012

MIDDLESBROUGH, ENGLAND - JULY 20:  Lucas of Brazil holds off Aaron Ramsey and Jack Cork of GB during the international friendly match between Team GB and Brazil at Riverside Stadium on July 20, 2012 in Middlesbrough, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Manchester United transfer target Lucas Moura is seemingly slipping further and further away from a move to Old Trafford over the summer transfer window, with current club Sao Paulo believed to be lining up a new deal to keep the talented teenager at the club.

According to the latest reports, the club is looking to fend off any interest from United by keeping Lucas at the Brazilian club over the next few seasons—seeming to confirm the rumors (per Goal.com) that the star midfielder was happy to remain at the club for the upcoming year.

Sao Paulo's director of football, Adalberto Baptista, has told UOL (via Sky Sports) that the club are looking to extent Lucas' contract:

Sao Paulo are ready to offer Manchester United target Lucas Moura a new improved deal in a bid to keep him at the club. Adalberto Baptista, has admitted they may look to extend the 19-year-old's contract as they look to fend off United's interest in the attacker.

"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."

 "His family went to England just to watch the Olympics, they had already told us they would. They want to follow their son, like any parents would in a competition like that. There is no negotiation, no talks, anything..."

His final comments there appear to end any speculation that Lucas' family were in London for a reason other than to watch their son play football, as some have suggested.

After Manchester United were believed to be incredibly close to signing the 19-year-old for the upcoming season (per the Daily Mirror), it is looking less and less likely. 

The player's agent has already stated earlier in the month that a move to the English Premier League giants is not going to take place, and with the current statements from the club, it may be time to put this saga to bed.

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We'll know soon enough.

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