WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

The extracts on this page are taken from selected national newspapers. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.

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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