News this Friday afternoon came up about a new team bringing competition to get the services from São Paulo’s wonderkid Lucas Moura: Manchester United.
According to reports, the Reds would be willing to pay €33m to get the player. Problem is that 80% of his transfer rights are attached to the club, with 20% to the player. After August, a clause in his contract would make the balance 70-30. São Paulo refuses to receive less than €30m for the player; if Lucas sticks to his transfer rights, clubs would have to increase their bids to nearly €37.5m before August, going up to €43m after that.
Manchester offer was made through their representatives directly to São Paulo, and they’re still waiting for the club’s answer here in Brazil. Inter Milan representatives are also in Brazil, and they intend to push their bid up to €30m, trying to convince São Paulo’s board. A difficult move now that Manchester United offered a bit more than that.
At first, São Paulo’s board denies Lucas will leave in this transfer window. But the club has been missing a major sponsor since the season started, and Lucas money would bring a huge relief in their books, considering that they registered debt in their last financial year – something unusual to what was considered the richest Brazilian club five years ago.
Personally, I’d take Manchester offer. Lucas value, if São Paulo remains trophyless and Lucas remains without space in the Brazilian NT, will only decrease. He might shine later, but I’m not sure if they’ll have the power to hold him long enough; European clubs aren’t thriving financially as well, and it’d be wise to sell him while the market is inflated as it is, and as they’re not under financial “cleaning”.