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