Fergie set for transfer battle with Real Madrid for Brazilian

Manchester United are ready to enter a bidding war with Real Madrid to secure the summer signing of Brazilian wonderkid Lucas Moura, according to Mirror Football.

The 19-year-old has impressed over the last 18 months for club Sao Paulo, and has managed to make 11 appearances for the Brazil national side despite his age.

With a number of leading European sides monitoring the attacking midfielder’s situation, it is believed that Sir Alex Ferguson has invited Lucas’ father to visit Old Trafford in an effort to secure a deal for the prospect.

However, Real Madrid have also taken a liking to the talented playmaker, and are also set to offer Sao Paulo a bumper payday for their star man.

It is believed that a £12 million deal would be suffice for the Brasileiro side to part company with their youth product, and that United and Madrid will go head-to-head for his signature.

With Lucas already a feature of the Brazil national set-up there should be no work permit issues for United, who are desperately looking for a long-term successor to ageing playmaker Paul Scholes.

By Gareth McKnight

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