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Manchester United must "pay a little more" to land Lucas Moura after Sao Paulo confirm 29m snub

Man United must 'pay a little more' to land Lucas after Sao Paulo confirm 29m snub

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UPDATED:

21:47 GMT, 20 July 2012

No go: United have had a fresh 30m bid rejected for Lucas Moura

Brazilian club Sao Paulo confirmed they have rejected Manchester United's 29m offer for midfielder Lucas Moura (pictured right).

United representatives met with Lucas's family and his agent Wagner Ribeiro on Tuesday night and are keen to tie up a deal.

Sao Paulo director Marco Aurelio Cunha said: 'Manchester United made a very important offer of 29m, but they would need to produce a little more. For us, only Neymar (in Brazil) is worth more.

'We do not need the money. The Brazilian economy is good, television pays us and we cannot complain.

'For us, it is still better to have a good player than lots of money in the bank.'

London 2012: British beach volleyball teams discover Olympic opponents

British beach volleyball teams discover Olympic opponents

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UPDATED:

23:48 GMT, 19 July 2012

Great Britain's Olympic beach
volleyball teams have learned the identity of their first-round
opponents for the tournament starting on July 28.

The women's team of Zara Dampney and
Shauna Mullin have been drawn in Group F alongside Greta Cicolari and
Marta Menegatti of Italy, Russia's Ekaterina Khomyakova and Evgenia
Ukolova, and Marie-Andree Lessard and Annie Martin of Canada.

British duo Shauna Mullin, 26, (left) and Zara Dampney, 24,

British duo Shauna Mullin, 26, (left) and Zara Dampney, 24,

In the men's draw, Team GB duo John Garcia-Thompson and Steven Grotowski will also contest Group F, together with Brazil's Pedro Cunha and Ricardo Santos, Tarjei Skarlund and Martin Spinnangr of Norway, and Canada's Josh Binstock and Martin Reader.

Twenty-four teams will contest both the men's and women's events at Horse Guards Parade, with the pairings split equally into six pools of four.

The pairs play each team in their group once, with the top two advancing to the knockout phase along with the two best third-placed teams. The remaining four third-placed teams will then compete in play-off matches for the right to take up two remaining berths in the last 16.

The day-by-day match schedule for the opening round of pool matches will be released by beach volleyball's governing body, the FIVB, and LOCOG on Monday.