Blow for Fegie as PSG beat United to signing of Brazil midfield star Moura
18:29 GMT, 8 August 2012
Paris match: Brazil midfielder Lucas Moura
Paris St Germain have confirmed that they have agreed a deal with Sao Paulo for the transfer of midfielder Lucas Moura.
The 19-year-old will remain with the Brazilian side until January before linking up with Carlo Ancelotti's side on a four-and-a-half-year deal.
The playmaker, who is currently in Britain representing Brazil at the Olympics, began his professional career with his hometown club and has made 58 league appearances.
Moura, had been a target of Manchester United, but the two clubs failed to agree on a fee for the teenager.
Earlier in the week, Moura said: '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.'
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.'