Friday, 3rd August, 2012
Italian giants Inter have stepped up their pursuit of Sao Paulo midfielder Lucas Moura.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Moura has broken off negotiations with Manchester United, who were leading the chase for his signature, and this has encouraged Inter to wade into the fray with a €25M bid.
Moura is currently in action with Brazil at the 2012 London Olympic Games, but as he competes in the United Kingdom, the battle for his services is gaining pace.
Inter are long time admirers of the 19-year-old schemer and would dearly love to make him a Nerazzurri player in time for the new season.
The Brazilian’s situation though is complicated by Sao Paulo’s stance on his sale. Sao Paulo own only 80% of Moura’s economic rights and are keen to realise €30M from his departure, meaning that the total price for the player must be €37.5M – unless the Brazilian giants are prepared to nudge lower.
It remains to be seen what will be made of Inter’s bid in South America, but it is a potentially significant gambit.
Another approach from Manchester United can also not be ruled out, while wealthy French outfit Paris Saint-Germain are another side to have been linked with a bid.
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