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United target Lucas confirms PSG talks

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One time Manchester United target Lucas Moura has confirmed he is likely to join Paris Saint Germain in January with talks ''well under way'' to take him from Sao Paulo to France.

The Brazilian, 19, had been linked with a move to Manchester United until the big-spending Ligue 1 club came in with an offer of €45 million this week.

Having already splashed out over €80 million on Thiago Silva, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ezequiel Lavezzi, the French side are making serious waves in the European transfer market and now look set to bring their latest signing in - although they may have to wait until January to unveil him.

"This is a good thing," Moura told Folha after Brazil's Olympic Games semi-final win over South Korea. "I'll stay at Sao Paulo until the end of the year. Things are well underway."

He added to Globo Esporte: "No doubt that would be better because I can help Sao Paulo a bit more. I have always said that I want to win a title before leaving and qualify the team for the Libertadores Cup.

"If it happens in January, I'll be able to do that for Sao Paulo. I'm focused on the national team. I can only say something after the Olympics. It's well underway, but not done.

"I talked to Thiago Silva and Leonardo, they said many good things about the club, the project they are implementing there."

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