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05/07/2012 08:30

Papers: Sir Alex eyes Lucas

Fergie's going Brazilian
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson wants to make Brazil's next big thing - Sao Paulo starlet Lucas Moura - his big summer signing. Fergie has sent a delegation headed by chief scout Jim Lawlor to thrash out a deal for the 19-year-old, who is also wanted by Chelsea and Real Madrid. Meanwhile, Ferguson is pleading with United's owners, the Glazer family, to spend up to £30million on the youngster who tops his hit-list as he aims to improve his side after a trophyless season. United have been on the Moura's trail for months and invited his father to Old Trafford for talks - as Mirror Sport revealed in April. Now, they have gone to Brazil in a bid to seal the massive transfer. Moura, who has already capped by his country, is valued at £35m by Sao Paolo, but United are looking at ways of bringing down the price while also winning over the player and his loved ones. The youngster's contract is part-owned by his family. If they back a move to Old Trafford, it could give Ferguson's hopes of pulling off the coup a real boost. 
Alan Nixon, Daily Mirror

The Daily Mail online reckons United are preparing to gazump neighbours City and sign want-away Arsenal striker Robin van Persie. The Express, however, says the boss is weighing up a double swoop for Newcastle pair Demba Ba and Cheick Tiote.

Meanwhile, the Mail claims Hull City manager Steve Bruce is talking to United about a loan deal for goalkeeper Ben Amos.

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