Manchester United close in on Lucas Moura deal

Lucas Moura, Sao Paulo forwardManchester United are believed to have agreed a fee with Sao Paulo for Lucas Moura, and are closing in on a deal to bring him to Old Trafford, Sky Sports claim.

The Red Devils are in the market for a central midfield playmaker as a long-term replacement for Paul Scholes, and have been in negotiations with the Brasileiro club all summer over a possible deal.

Despite a credited interest from the likes of Inter and Real Madrid, United are thought to be close to agreeing a deal to bring Moura to England, with the Premier League club hopeful an agreement can be reached this week.

Sir Alex Ferguson opted to miss United’s pre-season game against Valerenga in Norway in order to stay in England to help push a deal through.

Moura is currently part of the Brazilian squad in the Olympics, and could feature against South Korea at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

By Gareth McKnight