Progress - Lucas Moura wants to join Manchester United and the club is now happy to sell
All the parties involved in a possible transfer of Lucas Moura to Manchester United are gradually coming together on the deal and a transfer which at the outset looked unlikely is now looking like it could very well be on.
Yesterday quotes hit England from Moura's agent, Wagner Ribeiro, which said that the transfer was off and his client would be staying at Sao Paulo. He said that Manchester United wouldn't offer any more and that the Brazilian club had basically blown the chances of a transfer happening.
It sounded like a strop and contradicted what the main Brazilian press were saying. The general consensus was that a new slightly higher bid would be made today and that Sao Paulo would be very happy to accept that.
Yesterday evening new quotes of Ribeiro's came through from Brazil, firstly he said he would be in Manchester this weekend. He then insisted that he wasn't travelling on business but rather to watch the football match between Brazil and Belarus at Old Trafford, not many believed him.
He later talked to Brazilian radio, quoted by Globo Esporte, and said that Lucas Moura is the one who has been pushing him to talk to Manchester United and that the player wants the deal to happen.
"My boss is the player, I always talk to him. The person who determines what I do, my guidelines, is the player.
"He told me to go ahead when I spoke in the interest of Manchester."
Over on Lancenet, the other major Brazilian sport outlet, Sao Paulo's vice president has told them that the club were never against the idea of a deal being done and that people have misunderstood the situation, which sounds like a plea for Manchester United to come back with another offer.
That offer will be submitted today if previous reports are correct.