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PSG 2 Barcelona 2 – match report: Lionel Messi and Dani Alves goals canceled out by Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Blaise Matuidi

PSG 2 Barcelona 2: Late Matuidi goal gives French side hope as Messi and Co are held in Paris

PUBLISHED:

20:43 GMT, 2 April 2013

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UPDATED:

21:16 GMT, 2 April 2013

Barcelona scored two away goals but were twice pegged back in a dramatic Champions League quarter-final first leg at the Parc des Princes.

Lionel Messi gave Barca a half-time lead, a goal owing much to Dani Alves' vision, before departing with a hamstring injury at the interval.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic controversially equalised against his former club and though Xavi's late penalty looked to have ensured a first-leg lead for Barca, Blaise Matuidi made it 2-2 with a deflected last kick of the match.

On target - again: Lionel Messi opened the scoring for Barcelona

On target – again: Lionel Messi opened the scoring for Barcelona

MATCH FACTS

PSG: Sirigu, Jallet, Alex, Thiago Silva, Maxwell, Beckham (Verratti 70), Matuidi, Lucas Moura, Pastore (Gameiro 76), Ibrahimovic, Lavezzi (Menez 66).

Subs not used: Douchez, Sakho, Chantome, Van Der Wiel.

Booked: Matuidi, Beckham, Ibrahimovic, Sirigu.

Goals: Ibrahimovic 79, Matuidi 90.

Barcelona: Valdes, Dani Alves, Pique, Mascherano (Bartra 84), Jordi Alba, Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta, Sanchez, Messi (Fabregas 46), Villa (Tello 81).

Subs not used: Pinto, Thiago, Montoya, Song.

Booked: Pique, Jordi Alba, Mascherano, Dani Alves.

Goals: Messi 38, Xavi 89 pen.

Attendance: 45,000

Referee: Wolfgang Stark (Ergolding)

The first chance fell to PSG with less than five minutes played. Ezequiel Lavezzi cut inside, sending Gerard Pique sliding the wrong way, and Barca midfielder Sergio Busquets stuck out a foot to stab the ball against the frame of his own goal.

Alex climbed highest to meet David Beckham's corner but headed well wide, and Victor Valdes then dived to save Javier Pastore's low drive and had to scramble to recover the loose ball ahead of the onrushing Alex.

It added up to an opening 15 minutes of Parisian dominance, though Andres Iniesta soon curled just wide at the other end.

PSG pressed again and when Pique flattened Ibrahimovic just outside the 'D' and was booked, Valdes had to push the Swede's fierce low free-kick around the post.

Ibrahimovic dragged a shot wide after a driving run from Lucas Moura but Barca began to make better use of their possession, with Alexis Sanchez's shot deflected wide before Messi opened the scoring eight minutes before half-time.

Alves curled a staggering pass into the box with the outside of his right foot and Messi ran on to the ball and fired first time inside the far post.

Easy does it: Messi runs off in celebration after making it 1-0

Easy does it: Messi runs off in celebration after making it 1-0

Celebration time: Messi celebrates with Daniel Alves and Xavi Hernandez after his goal against PSG

Celebration time: Messi celebrates with Daniel Alves and Xavi Hernandez after his goal against PSG

The Argentinian curled another effort millimetres over the bar but appeared to tweak his right hamstring in the process and was a passenger as half-time approached.

He was replaced by Cesc Fabregas upon the restart, and a Barca statement released during the second half confirmed he will undergo tests tomorrow to determine the extent of his injury.

Matuidi, impressive defensively in the first half, showed up in attack but was blocked off by Javier Mascherano as he pursued his own heavy touch into the penalty area, though no foul was given. Pique then prevented the all-action Matuidi from reaching Ibrahimovic's pass.

Not going to plan: Zlatan Ibrahimovic and David Beckham look dejected as Barcelona celebrate

Not going to plan: Zlatan Ibrahimovic and David Beckham look dejected as Barcelona celebrate

Beckham

David Beckham heads the ball

Getting stuck in: Beckham started for PSG and played for 70minutes before being replaced by Marco Verratti

Stars of the show: Messi is tracked by Beckham

Stars of the show: Messi is tracked by Beckham

Battle for the ball: Messi holds off the challenge of Beckham

Battle for the ball: Messi holds off the challenge of Beckham

Going in for the tackle: Beckham brings down Cesc Fabregas

Going in for the tackle: Beckham brings down Cesc Fabregas

In the book: Beckham is shown a yellow card by Referee Wolfgang Stark

In the book: Beckham is shown a yellow card by Referee Wolfgang Stark

The imperious Thiago Silva's clearance
denied Barca a second goal and Sanchez could not connect properly with
Fabregas' deep cross, shooting weakly at Sirigu.

Matuidi was booked for fouling Iniesta, ruling him out of the return leg, before Lavezzi was replaced by Jeremy Menez.

Alves
went close to a goal of his own when he curled a free-kick just wide
before Mascherano chopped down Menez to also earn himself a ban.

Take Zlat! Ibrahimovic makes it 1-1 with close range finish

Take Zlat! Ibrahimovic makes it 1-1 with close range finish

Eyes on the ball: Ibrahimovic made it 1-1 with his goal

Eyes on the ball: Ibrahimovic made it 1-1 with his goal

Menez's free-kick was deflected behind
and the resulting corner caused chaos. Jordi Alba and Mascherano
collided and were both prone in the six-yard box, playing three PSG
players onside as the half-cleared set-piece was returned into the box,
and Valdes was forced into a point-blank save from Ibrahimovic's shinned
effort.

Barca had to defend the next corner
with nine men and the controversy continued even after the pair
returned, Thiago Silva heading Menez's free-kick against the post before
the rebound was jabbed home by an offside Ibrahimovic.

Going down: Alexis Sanchez falls under the challenge of PSG goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu

Going down: Alexis Sanchez falls under the challenge of PSG goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu

Spot on: Xavi scores his side's second goal from the penalty spot

Spot on: Xavi scores his side's second goal from the penalty spot

Substitute
Kevin Gameiro was almost sent through by Ibrahimovic's flick-on, only
for the bounce to deceive the diminutive France international.

With a minute remaining, though, a penalty handed Barca the advantage in the tie once more.

Last kick of the game: Blaise Matuidi scores his side's second equalising goal late on

Last kick of the game: Blaise Matuidi scores his side's second equalising goal late on

Happy ending: Matuidi celebrates his goal late goal

Happy ending: Matuidi celebrates his goal late goal

Sirigu was booked for pulling down Sanchez and Xavi sent the keeper the wrong way from the spot.
Ibrahimovic
lashed another effort into Valdes' net but this time was correctly
flagged offside – but there was still late drama to come.

Ibrahimovic nodded the ball back and
Matuidi's shot was squeezed between the legs of substitute Marc Bartra,
wrong-footing Valdes and levelling the scores.

Sao Paulo win Copa Sudamericana after "security guards attack Tigre players"

Brazil nuts! Copa Sudamericana ends in chaos as final is abandoned after 'security guards pull guns and beat up players'

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UPDATED:

09:54 GMT, 13 December 2012

The image of Brazilian football in the lead up to the 2014 World Cup was seriously tarnished when the final of the Copa Sudamericana was abandoned as visiting club Tigre accused security officials of pulling guns on them and beating the players.

After a goalless first leg in Argentina, Sao Paulo took a 2-0 lead on home turf with goals from Lucas Moura and Osvaldo.

But things took a sour turn at half-time as fighting broke out between the players as they made their way off the pitch.

All over: The referee abandoned the match between Tigre and Sao Paulo

All over: The referee abandoned the match between Tigre and Sao Paulo

Scrap: Sao Paulo (in white) and Tigre ended up fighting before the referee called time on the clash

Scrap: Sao Paulo (in white) and Tigre ended up fighting before the referee called time on the clash

Tigre then refused to return for the second half, claiming their players had been attacked by security guards in the dressing rooms.

Chilean referee Enrique Osses abandoned the match after a 30-minute delay, awarding the victory to Sao Paulo, who were then presented with the trophy in a formal ceremony.

Tigre coach Nestor Gorosito claimed armed security officers had beaten his players and pointed guns at them during half-time. He said goalkeeper Damian Albil had a gun pointed at his chest.

'During the break, a big guy came in
with a gun,' he said on Fox Sports. 'Some policeman started to hit some
of my players. We tried to defend ourselves. They pulled two revolvers.
We’re not going to play anymore.

'My players fought with the security
people for 15 minutes. Then the police arrived and the incidents
continued. What happened is disgraceful. There are several players hurt, but none serious.'

Crossbar challenge: Fans managed to get on to the pitch after Sao Paulo won the Copa Sudamericana

Crossbar challenge: Fans managed to get on to the pitch after Sao Paulo won the Copa Sudamericana

Gorosito also complained about the treatment his team had received throughout their preparations for the match.

'We
trained two hours away from our hotel, and it took us more than an hour
to get to the stadium,' he said. 'We were unable to warm up on the
pitch.'

Tigre president Sergio Massa said
Wednesday was one of the most shameful days in Brazilian football
history and urged the Argentinian Football Federation (AFA) to take
strong action.

Massa told the AFA official website: 'We need to show the people everything that happened, the assaults and injuries.

'When we went into the dressing room after the first half, there were 15 security people that were hitting the players. They struck us.

'For Tigre today was an historic day. The referee told us he was going to suspend the game and ended up doing that. It was all a mess, football should be a celebration.'

Tigre security chief Ruben Pasquini said in La Nacion newspaper: 'It was an ambush. They were waiting for us. (Midfielder Ruben) Botta has an injured eye. They put a gun in the chest of Albil. (Midfielder) Gaston Diaz was also hurt.'

Solid back four: Police stand outside the dressing rooms after the Copa Sudamericana final was abandoned

Solid back four: Police stand outside the dressing rooms after the Copa Sudamericana final was abandoned

You're not coming on: Security guards line the pitch as the officials make their way off

You're not coming on: Security guards line the pitch as the officials make their way off

Referee Osses said: 'We did not see anything, but we have heard some things about what happened.

'We saw there were some injuries to the Tigre players but I don't know what caused them.'

CONMEBOL official Romer Osuna said: 'The referee abandoned the game because it was not right to play on.

'This decision is final. It is a shame that a continental final finished in this fashion.'

The city of Sao Paulo is one of the
host venues for the 2014 World Cup, although matches will be played at
Corinthians' Arena de Sao Paulo and not the Morumbi.

Massa felt the incidents had cast a shadow over Brazilian football.

Explosive: Sao Paulo supporters celebrated as fireworks lit up the sky

Explosive: Sao Paulo supporters celebrated as fireworks lit up the sky

'It's one of the most shameful pages in Brazilian football. We came to play a game of football, not a war,' he said. 'All this makes us very sad.

'We don't want to win or lose a game in the offices but the AFA are going to have to make a strong protest.'

Sao Paulo had dominated the first half with Lucas, playing his final match before joining Paris St Germain, at the heart of everything.

He scored the opener in the 23rd minute, pouncing on the ball to fire home after Willian Jose's progress towards goal had been blocked.

Lucas turned provider for the second, playing a fine ball for Osvaldo to run through and lift the ball over Damian Albil.

Cop that: Police officers patrol the pitch after Tigre players refused to be play on and the match was called off

Cop that: Police officers patrol the pitch after Tigre players refused to be play on and the match was called off

However, Lucas had also been on the receiving end of several tough challenges, with one elbow to the face drawing blood.

Sao Paulo goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni, who had handed Lucas the captain's armband at the end to allow the departing star to lift the trophy, was shocked by the way the match ended, but claimed the Tigre players had been overly aggressive on the pitch.

'We don't know what happened, but the Tigre players came to Brazil to fight, not to play,' he said. 'I really don't know what happened in the dressing rooms.'

Capture the moment: The Sao Paulo players pose for pictures after their controversial triumph

Capture the moment: The Sao Paulo players pose for pictures after their controversial triumph

Manchester United and Liverpool want Hector Herrera

Manchester United aiming to beat Liverpool to 10m Mexico midfielder 'Zorro'

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UPDATED:

21:45 GMT, 21 August 2012

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Manchester United are considering a 10million move for Mexico's Olympic star Hector Herrera.

The 22-year-old midfielder was the inspiration behind Mexico's gold medal victory and has been on United's radar for over a year with Liverpool also very keen.

Pachuca sporting director Andres Fassi has announced they had had a fresh approach from United requesting permission to approach the starlet who is nicknamed 'Zorro'.

Olympic hero: Hector Herrera

Olympic hero: Hector Herrera

Olympic hero: Hector Herrera was the inspiration behind Mexico's gold medal

Fassi said: 'There is an official interest. We have the document, but there’s nothing else to add at this time.'

Herrera is recovering from an ankle injury but United see him as a decent replacement for former transfer target Lucas Moura who moved to Paris St Germain.

In demand: Herrera (left) is wanted by both Manchester United and Liverpool

In demand: Herrera (left) is wanted by both Manchester United and Liverpool

United, who have also gained a work permit for Chilean striker Angelo Henriquez, are understood to be exploring the possibility of taking defender Phillipe Mexes on loan from AC Milan.

The 30-year-old has also been offered to Arsenal in discussions over Nicklas Bendtner.

Arsenal look at Kevin Mirallas

Arsenal consider Belgian forward Mirallas on the cheap as RVP saga drags on

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UPDATED:

21:55 GMT, 5 August 2012

Arsenal are believed to be considering a bid for Olympiakos striker Kevin Mirallas as they await the outcome of Robin van Persie's transfer saga.

The Belgium forward Mirallas, 24, is available for 6.4m and has been scouted by Liverpool also.

Mirallas can play wide or up front, where he shone for his Greek club last season, picking up the league’s top scorer and player of the year gongs.

Option: Belgium's Kevin Mirallas would be available to Arsenal for 6.4million

Option: Belgium's Kevin Mirallas would be available to Arsenal for 6.4million

The Gunners face competition from all over Europe, with CSKA Moscow one of those to have shown serious interest, seeing a 5m bid rejected earlier this year.

Meanwhile, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is determined to sign Van Persie should the 29-year-old leave Arsenal and is well down the line in negotiations with Sao Paulo’s Brazilian midfielder Lucas Moura, 19, as revealed in Sportsmail.

Ferguson has stayed in England while his team are in Scandinavia for friendlies, and that prompted Roberto Mancini to admit defeat in his pursuit of the Arsenal star.

The Italian has been desperate to bring the striker to the Etihad but have faced stiff competition from Manchester United and Serie A giants Juventus.

But when asked about the top Gunner, Mancini said: 'Van Persie No, I don't think he will come here.'

Manchester United to splash 50m on Lucas Moura and Robin Van Persie as Glazers send a signal

United to splash 50m on Moura and Van Persie as Glazers send a signal

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UPDATED:

21:29 GMT, 4 August 2012

Manchester United have agreed a 30million deal for Brazil's Lucas Moura – and Sir Alex Ferguson is hoping to take his spending to close on 50m by finally ending the Robin van Persie transfer saga this week.

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Lucas Moura will have a medical in Manchester today after travelling down last night from Newcastle for Brazil's Olympic Games quarter-final against Honduras at St James' Park, where he started on the bench.

Ferguson stayed behind to finalise the Moura business when the team left for Norway yesterday for the match against Valerenga.

Van the man: Robin Van Persie is close to moving to Manchester United

Van the man: Robin Van Persie is close to moving to Manchester United

He will also be on hand to press ahead with Van Persie's move.

Ferguson is optimistic that any further hitches will be overcome for the Holland striker to become a United player before the season's curtain-raiser in a fortnight.

The Arsenal striker, the current Footballer of the Year, has been courted by Manchester City and Inter Milan and his inclusion in the squad's pre-season preparation in Germany has increased speculation that he may even sign a new contract at the Emirates.

Twinkle toes: Lucas Moura will move to Old Trafford

Twinkle toes: Lucas Moura will move to Old Trafford

But he has not concealed his desire to move to Old Trafford and that is the ace up Ferguson's sleeve.

The United boss will have to compromise on his refusal to comply with the Gunners' 25m demand, with the final figure likely to be about the 20m mark.

United's long-awaited transfer move nails suggestions, denied by Ferguson in an interview in The Mail On Sunday two weeks ago, that his spending budget had been restricted because of the club's massive debts incurred by the Glazer family's takeover.

But there remains a schism between a large faction of United supporters and the American owners, heightened by their bid to pay down some of their 420m debt by raising money on the New York Stock Exchange.

However, Ferguson remains committed to the club in spite of issuing a passionate response last week to speculation that he stood to profit from the Initial Public Offering to sell off 10.2 per cent of the club.

Already Andy Green, a financial analyst and one of the leaders of the anti-Glazer contingent, has been forced to apologise to the 70-year-old Scot after suggesting in his blog that Ferguson's support for the Glazers was based on financial gain.

He said: 'As one of the people suggesting he was likely to participate in the $288m “2012 Equity Incentive Reward Plan” the club are putting in place, I'd like to apologise to Sir Alex for suggesting that personal gain was a motivation in his support for the owners.'

Meanwhile, United will be featuring a number of first-team regulars against Valerenga, with the likes of Wayne Rooney, Patrice Evra and possibly Nemanja Vidic returning for their first pre-season action.

All smiles: Alex Ferguson looks on during Macnhester United's friendly against Shanghai Shenhua

All smiles: Alex Ferguson looks on during Macnhester United's friendly against Shanghai Shenhua

It will lift concerns, expressed by Ferguson on the recent tour of South Africa, that a number of players might not be tuned up for the Premier League kick-off because of their Euro 2012 exertions.

'It's definitely an awkward feeling,' he said. 'It's a different feeling because, although you might think you know what your best starting team is for Everton away in the first game of the season, it's not necessarily going to be that way.

'I'll probably play the ones who are the fittest ones, the ones who've had a proper pre-season. We've got plenty of options but to complete your team you're going to look at the ones who are going to come back in terms of fitness and what they're like.'

Manchester United pressing ahead in 30m chase for Brazil star Lucas

Manchester United pressing ahead in 30m chase for Brazil star Lucas

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UPDATED:

22:04 GMT, 3 August 2012

Manchester United are pressing to finalise the 30million transfer of Brazil's Lucas Moura, 19, from Sao Paulo.

A delegation from Brazil is due for talks at United who remain in the hunt for Arsenal striker Robin van Persie, 28, and are continuing to monitor Copenhagen left back Bryan Oviedo, 22.

Paris St Germain are also interested in Lucas.

PSG interest: Brazil's forward Lucas

PSG interest: Brazil's forward Lucas

Real Madrid have been linked with a 19.3m bid for United winger Nani.

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.'

Lucas Moura 30m Manchester United bid rejected by Sao Paulo

EXCLUSIVE: Fergie set to abandon Lucas chase after Sao Paulo snub fresh 30m bid

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UPDATED:

15:38 GMT, 17 July 2012

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

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

Manchester United may have to concede defeat in their battle to prise Lucas Moura away from Sao Paulo, amid reports in Brazil that they have failed with a 30million bid for the 19-year old attacking midfielder.

With Lucas entitled to 20 per cent of any fee, under the terms of his contract, and Sao Paulo indicating they wanted to clear at least 23.5m in any deal for their prize asset, United were convinced their latest offer would be enough to break the deadlock.

Sir Alex Ferguson sees the addition of one of Brazil’s outstanding prospects as essential for wresting the Barclays Premier League title back from neighbours Manchester City, and he dispatched chief scout Jim Lawlor to Sao Paulo with instructions to make sure a deal was concluded.

But the mission may not be accomplished, after Brazilian media outlet Globo esporte reported that an improved bid of 38million euros (around 30million) had been rejected by Sao Paulo president Juvenal Juvencio.

As he prepared to meet Lawlor towards the end of last week, Juvencio spelled out the task facing the United delegate by saying: ‘It is a gamble not selling Lucas, but one we are prepared to take.

Plenty to ponder: Sir Alex Ferguson, smiling at a press conference in Durban on Tuesday, will be disappointed in his setback to sign the Brazilian teenager

Plenty to ponder: Sir Alex Ferguson, smiling at a press conference in Durban on Tuesday, will be disappointed in his setback to sign the Brazilian teenager

'When I sat down with Inter Milan’s sporting director Marco Branca recently, I told him not to bother talking about figures. We are not interested in that.’

As revealed in Sportsmail, Lawlor’s task will not get any easier, after it emerged that Lucas’ cut of any fee will increase to 30 per cent from August 1.

Big future: Lucas Moura is rated as one of the finest talents in South America

Big future: Lucas Moura is rated as one of the finest talents in South America

With Sao Paulo clearly demanding in excess of 25million for themselves, the overall asking price is about to start soaring towards a prohibitive 40million.

It is common practice in Brazil for clubs to award top players a percentage of any future transfer fee, instead of a signing-on payment, and the imminent increase in Lucas' entitlement has piled the pressure on United to try and find the necessary funds before the month is out.

Manchester United ready to bid 10m for Leighton Baines

United ready to bid 10m for Baines… but Everton value defender at 15m

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UPDATED:

09:31 GMT, 14 July 2012

Manchester United are ready to make a 10 million bid for Everton’s Leighton Baines.

United could move within the week or once chief executive David Gill returns from holiday in America.

Everton value Baines at more than 15 million, but according to The Times United are unlikely to be willing to do business at that price. However, Sir Alex Ferguson is confident of securing a deal for the 27-year-old, who has three years still to run on his contract at Goodison Park.

Wanted: Manchester United are pondering a bid for Baines

Wanted: Manchester United are pondering a bid for Baines

Patrice Evra’s form dipped last season and Fabio Da Silva joining Queens Park Rangers on a season-long loan deal and Ezekiel Fryers expected to sign for Tottenham Hotspur, Ferguson requires cover at left back.

Baines’s arrival would represent a shift in transfer policy for Ferguson. Dimitar Berbatov, the striker, is the only player aged over 26 that Ferguson has signed for a fee in the past 15 years. The Scot favours buying younger players whom he can develop.

New signings: Sir Alex Ferguson with Shinji Kagawa and Nick Powell

New signings: Sir Alex Ferguson with Shinji Kagawa and Nick Powell

Ferguson is a big admirer of Lucas Moura, the highly rated Sao Paulo and Brazil midfielder, but the chances of United signing the 19-year-old would appear to hinge on the Brazilian club dropping their 35 million asking price. The situation is also complicated by interest from Inter Milan and Real Madrid in the player.

Lucas Moura won"t be sold to Manchester United

Blow for United as Sao Paulo insist 25m-rated starlet Moura will not be sold

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UPDATED:

21:31 GMT, 13 July 2012

Sao Paulo are digging their heels in over Lucas Moura after admitting they had received an offer from Manchester United.

‘It is a risk not selling Lucas, but we are going to take it,’ said president Juvenal Juvencio.

Wanted: Lucas Moura (left) is a target for Manchester United and Chelsea

Wanted: Lucas Moura (left) is a target for Manchester United and Chelsea

United's chief scout Jim
Lawlor had flown to Brazil in an attempt to tie up a 25million deal for the playmaker.

He travelled along with club secretary John Alexander is also believed to be on
standby to complete the transfer but the 19-year-old looks set to stay put. Sao Paulo claim they have already rejected a 32.4m offer from Chelsea.

More to come Sir Alex Ferguson with signings Shinji Kagawa and Nick Powell

More to come Sir Alex Ferguson with signings Shinji Kagawa and Nick Powell

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, who continues to monitor
Robin van Persie’s situation at Arsenal, had said: ‘It’s possible we could
bring in one or maybe two more. When there’s a European Championship or
World Cup on there is a delay in the transfer industry. Now that’s over
we’re still trying to get maybe one player in.’

Meanwhile, Santos are talking to Chelsea midfielder Florent Malouda.