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Manchester United and Chelsea Eye Up Brazilian Youngsters

Oscar’s value is set to match that of Denilson’s

Manchester United are trying to sign Sao Paulo’s Lucas Moura whilst Chelsea have their eyes on Internacionale’s Oscar.

Red Devils want Lucas Moura

Sao Paolo are demanding £34 million for Manchester United target Lucas Moura, according to the Daily Mail.

The 19-year-old has been watched by United scouts for months now and Sir Alex Ferguson desperately wants to add the teenager to his squad to boost his attacking options.

The player has a contractual agreement in which he will be paid 20% of any transfer fee to his name, therefore Sao Paolo want to hike up the price to benefit themselves further. And of course, Moura won’t mind as every penny more that United pay for his services is a penny more that he will receive as part of the deal.

Lucas Moura doesn’t fit the bill for Manchester United, according to Tom Webber.

It is a huge price for a relatively unproven youngster though. Tom Webber of Football Fancast writes: “He has had a lot of expectation on him since coming onto the scene and at times he is guilty of going missing on the big occasions. Arguably this is down to the fact that he has been pigeon-holed as a right-sided attacking-midfielder during much of his time at Sao Paulo, when he prefers to be playing in behind the striker. He has performed exceptionally in that role in the past, particularly in the 2011 South American Youth Championship for Brazil”

Oscar set for Chelsea

Giovanni Luigi, president of Brazilian side Internacionale, has admitted that Oscar may be sold this transfer window, with Chelsea looking hot favourites to take the Brazilian.

Chelsea are thought to have made a bid of around £20 million, but sources indicate that bid was rejected and the Brazilian outfit are holding out for a substantial figure more.

“If an offer that matches our expectations arrives, we will logically negotiate Oscar’s sale,” Luigi told Radio Gaucha.

“But it must be an offer which represents a substantial boost to Internacional’s financial resources.

“The figure I am looking at is nothing more, nothing less, than the biggest transfer in Brazilian football to date.”

The biggest transfer in Brazilian history is that of Denilson, who moved from Sao Paolo to Spanish club Betis in 1998 for £25.9 million.



About Tom Bennett

I'm a 21-year-old Multimedia Journalism student at Bournemouth University aspiring to be one of Britain's top sports journalists. Follow me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for contact and further information.


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