The Red Devils are eager to find a creative midfielder as a long-term replacement for ageing Paul Scholes, and have identified the Brazilian wonderkid as a possible candidate.
With the teenager impressing for club and country, the Old Trafford side have launched a transfer bid for the player, with the Brasileiro club considering the offer, believed to be in the £26 million mark.
Despite reports suggesting that a deal had been agreed, the Scottish boss has stated that talks are ongoing.
“We haven’t reached an agreement,” said Ferguson from China, reported on Sky Sports.
“We’ve shown interest. Until such time we reach an agreement we can’t say he’s ours.”
Meanwhile, United are linked with a move for Robin van Persie, and Ferguson has admitted that the club are working hard to add a few new faces to his squad before the start of 2012-13.
“At this moment we’re looking at other options in terms of bringing other players in.
“We’re not lying on our backsides doing nothing. We’re trying hard to bring other players to the club,” he concluded.
By Gareth McKnight