Sao Paulo are digging their heels in over Lucas Moura after admitting they had received an offer from Manchester United.
|Wanted: Lucas Moura (left) is a target for Manchester United and Chelsea|
‘It is a risk not selling Lucas, but we are going to take it,’ said president Juvenal Juvencio.
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.
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.