Moura not interested in 'boring' Manchester as United face losing 36m ace to PSG
08:25 GMT, 8 August 2012
Paris match: Brazil midfielder Lucas Moura
Lucas Moura has revealed he is ready to snub Manchester United after talks with Paris Saint-Germain.
United had been confident of signing the Brazil playmaker until PSG made a last-minute offer.
The Qatar-backed French club are prepared to pay almost 36million and would wait until January to take him from Sao Paulo.
'Without doubt it would be much better for me to stay to help Sao Paulo until the end of the year,' said the 19-year-old.
'I want to win a title before I leave, qualifying for the Copa Libertadores. If the deal is in January, I can do this for Sao Paulo.'
Talks with PSG are so advanced that sources in Sao Paulo say the move will be confirmed soon after Saturday’s Olympics football final between Brazil and Mexico.
'I can’t talk about it,' Lucas insisted
after the 3-0 semi-final victory over South Korea on Tuesday night. 'I’m
focused on the national team.
‘I can only say something after the Olympics. It’s on the right path, (but) nothing is certain.'
Lucas is believed to have been unimpressed with ‘boring’ Manchester and spoke to Robinho about his time at Manchester City.
But the midfielder delivered a different tone when he let slip that he had talked to PSG sporting director Leonardo and their new signing Thiago Silva.
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'I spoke to them,' he confirmed. 'They spoke highly about the club and I know they are creating a wonderful project – a fantastic structure with major players. That’s basically what they told me.'
Silva, the Brazil defender who secured a mega move to Paris from AC Milan last month, has been an intermediary in talks.
'I recommended him to Leonardo, who asked me what Lucas was like,' said the 27-year-old. 'I didn’t say it because he is my friend, but because of his technical quality. He has a lot to give the national team, would happily be at PSG, and can help us find the gold medal.
'Certainly I would want Lucas on our side rather than against. It would be a great help to have such a skillful player on our team.'