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Mour the Merrier!
Manchester United have agreed a staggering £26 million deal with Sao Paulo for Brazil sensation Lucas Moura. Boss Sir Alex Ferguson is being backed by the Glazers to land the 19-year-old wonder boy, who appeared as a sub against Team GB, and the move is now down to agreeing terms with his camp. Inter Milan and Chelsea also chased Lucas but backed off at the price tag. However Ferguson is determined to land a ‘worldie’ for his squad. Amazingly, Lucas would need a permit appeal to be allowed to play in England, but with the money involved the authorities are sure to be convinced he is in the ‘special talent’ category. Lucas would ideally have a medical as soon as possible, but Brazil are favourites for the gold medal - and it would be disruptive for them at the moment.
Several dailies report that Michael Carrick is performing a U-turn on his international career. The classy midfielder will make himself available for selection again under Roy Hodgson after sitting out Euro 2012. "I would consider it, definitely," said the ex-Spurs man. "If you’re not playing at my age, especially under Capello, then it’s not worth it. That was my decision."
Arsenal are facing D-Day with regards to Robin van Persie's future, according to The Sun. The Dutchman has not travelled on the club's pre-season tour and Arsene Wenger commented: "He has one year left and is in demand but our desire is to keep him. However, we will do what is in best interest of the club. If you have a decoder in your head you can decode that. The official transfer deadline is August 31 but then we can create an internal deadline."