PSG in late bid for Manchester United target Lucas Moura


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French club PSG are set to hijack Manchester United's move for Sao Paulo youngster Lucas Moura after launching a last-minute bid.

The Brazilian playmaker was reportedly set for a move to the Premier League side but is now understood to be making a move to Paris after his agent Wagner Ribeiro held talks with PSG's sporting director Leonardo last week.

Reports in Brazil indicate that the highly-rated international has virtually agreed a deal to become Carlo Ancelotti's latest signing this summer after already spending €100m on Ezequiel Lavezzi, Thiago Silva, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marco Verratti.

PSG have spent over €200m since last summer after they were taken over by the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA). The new owners immediately signalled their intentions to make the Parisian outfit a European giant by breaking the French transfer record with the €42m acquisition of Javier Pastore from Palermo.

Manchester United were poised to win the race for Lucas Moura, who is rated at £30m. He should feature in tomorrow's Olympic semi-final against South Korea at Old Trafford. The Red Devil's have already had one bid rejected this summer.

The Brazilian football federation yesterday released a statement denying that the midfielder underwent a medical ahead of a proposed move to the Premier League side.

Lucas' Brazil teammate Oscar recently joined Chelsea in a £25m deal.